Clock Factor ELF4 Recruits ELF3 in the Nucleus to Sustain the Circadian ClockApril 20, 2012
The plant circadian clock is modeled as a network of numerous interconnected feedback loops, and the loss of any part could lead to changes in oscillator speed. In an earlier study conducted by Seth Davis from Max Planck Institute of Plant Breeding Research, the gene called EARLY FLOWERING4 (ELF4) in Arabidopsis was found to be vital in sustaining the oscillator. The elf4 mutant became arrhythmic. This phenotype is shared with other genes known as elf 3 and lux.
In their recent study, the researchers show that overexpression of either elf 3 or lux complements the elf4 mutant phenotype. They also observed that ELF4 causes ELF 3 to build foci in the nucleus. The expression data of elf3 revealed that it has direct effects on the morning gene clock gene PRR9. Further analyses confirmed that ELF4, ELF3, and LUX are important to sustain the circadian rhythms of plants.
Read the abstract at http://www.plantcell.org/content/24/2/428.abstract.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Conference Discusses Biotech and the Future of Agriculture
- Biotech and Organic Agriculture Proponents Have to Work Together to Boost Africa's Food Security
- FAO to Southern Africa: Accept GMOs
- Kenyan Gov't Officers Trained on Effective Biotech Communication
- Rwanda Ratifies Nagoya Protocol
- Young Scientists from Ethiopia and India Get Vavilov-Frankel Fellowships for 2012
- Brazil's Farmers Earn More with GM Seeds
- Salk Institute Finds the Genetic Pathway on How Plants Grow Towards Light
- Genomic Selection: A New Approach to Molecular Plant Breeding
- Nat'l Foundations Support Student Scientific Program in the U.S.
- ARS Scientists Test Nanotech Cotton
- Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops in the Philippines
- Scientists in Singapore Discover Flowering "Switch" in Plants
- IRRI Scientists Hunt for Flood and Salt Resistance in Rice
- CSIRO, Lonza Partnership Promotes New Insect Silk Products Globally
- Bayer CropScience and KWS SAAT to Co-Develop Herbicide Tolerant Sugar Beet
- JIC: Temperature and Rainfall Levels Affect Crop Pest, Disease Interaction
- Bt Rice Does Not Impact Spider's Predation and Fitness
- Scientists Study Transgene Flow in Rice Fields
- Clock Factor ELF4 Recruits ELF3 in the Nucleus to Sustain the Circadian Clock
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Geneticists Investigate Genomes of Children with Mental Disabilities
- Social Status Changes Gene Expression in Monkeys
- GM Mosquitoes Fight Dengue in Brazil
- BIOSPAIN 2012
- Cereal Disease Enclyopaedia
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (September 21, 2022)
- Genome Editing Supplement (September 21, 2022)
- Gene Drive Supplement (August 31, 2022)
Subscribe to CBU: