J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2018, Vol. 60 ›› Issue (9): 780-795.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12657

Special Issue: Plant Signal Transduction Special Issue on Cell Signaling

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Insights into the regulation of C-repeat binding factors in plant cold signaling

Jingyan Liu1,2†, Yiting Shi1†, and Shuhua Yang1*   

  1. 1State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
    2Crops Research Institute, Tianjin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Tianjin 300384, China

    These authors contributed equally to this work.

    Email: Shuhua Yang (yangshuhua@cau.edu.cn)
  • Received:2018-02-18 Accepted:2018-04-16 Online:2018-04-18 Published:2018-09-01


Cold temperatures, a major abiotic stress, threaten the growth and development of plants, worldwide. To cope with this adverse environmental cue, plants from temperate climates have evolved an array of sophisticated mechanisms to acclimate to cold periods, increasing their ability to tolerate freezing stress. Over the last decade, significant progress has been made in determining the molecular mechanisms underpinning cold acclimation, including following the identification of several pivotal components, including candidates for cold sensors, protein kinases, and transcription factors. With these developments, we have a better understanding of the CBF-dependent cold-signaling pathway. In this review, we summarize recent progress made in elucidating the cold-signaling pathways, especially the C-repeat binding factor-dependent pathway, and describe the regulatory function of the crucial components of plant cold signaling. We also discuss the unsolved questions that should be the focus of future work.

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