J Integr Plant Biol ›› 2011, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (11): 869-878.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2011.01075.x
Rice Genomics and Agriculture
• Plant-environmental Interactions •
Bi-Qing Wen, Mei-Qing Xing, Hua Zhang, Cheng Dai and Hong-Wei Xue*
Homeobox transcription factors are involved in various aspects of plant development, including maintenance of the biosynthesis and signaling pathways of different hormones. However, few direct targets of homeobox proteins have been identified. We here show that overexpression of rice homeobox gene HOX1a resulted in enhanced gibberellin (GA) response, indicating a positive effect of HOX1a in GA signaling. HOX1a is induced by GA and encodes a homeobox transcription factor with transcription repression activity. In addition, HOX1a suppresses the transcription of early flowering1 (EL1), a negative regulator of GA signaling, and further electrophoretic mobility shift assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis revealed that HOX1a directly bound to the promoter region of EL1 to suppress its expression and stimulate GA signaling. These results demonstrate that HOX1a functions as a positive regulator of GA signaling by suppressing EL1, providing informative hints on the study of GA signaling.
Wen BQ, Xing MQ, Zhang H, Dai C, Xue HW (2011) Rice homeobox transcription factor HOX1a positively regulates giberellin responses by directly suppressing EL1. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 53(11), 869–878.
Bi-Qing Wen, Mei-Qing Xing, Hua Zhang, Cheng Dai and Hong-Wei Xue. Rice Homeobox Transcription Factor HOX1a Positively Regulates Gibberellin Responses by Directly Suppressing EL1[J]. J Integr Plant Biol, 2011, 53(11): 869-878.
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