Regulatory Circuits of Light-Responsive Genes

  • Maria Cuozzo
  • Steve A. Kay
  • Nam-Hai Chua
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


Light is utilized by plants not only as an energy source to drive photosynthesis, but also as a trigger for a series of developmental events, from seed germination to flowering. Light also acts as a modulator of gene activity in response to changing light conditions, such as quantity, quality, duration and direction of the light source. This chapter will present a brief description of light-regulated processes in plants. We will then review recent findings on the proteins and DNA sequences involved in light responses. Finally, we will speculate on mechanisms of signal transduction, if only to point out areas which require more intensive investigation. For a comprehensive review of light regulation of gene expression in higher plants, the reader is referred to Tobin and Silverthorne (1985), as well as to more general recent reviews (Thompson et al, 1985; Ellis, 1986; Kuhlemeier et al, 1987b).


Regulatory Circuit rbcS Gene Phytochrome Action Protochlorophyllide Reductase Photo Conversion 
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  • Maria Cuozzo
    • 1
  • Steve A. Kay
    • 1
  • Nam-Hai Chua
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Molecular BiologyThe Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA

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