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Modulation of Phospholipid Signaling by GLABRA2 in Root-Hair Pattern Formation

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Science  30 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5624, pp. 1427-1430
DOI: 10.1126/science.1083695

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Abstract

The root-hair pattern of Arabidopsis is determined through a regulatory circuit composed of transcription factor genes. The homeobox gene GLABRA2 (GL2) has been considered a key component, acting farthest downstream in this regulation. GL2 modified to include a transactivating function caused epidermal cells to develop ectopic root hairs or root hair–like structures. With this system, the phospholipase Dζ1 gene (AtPLDζ1) was identified as a direct target of GL2. Inducible expression of AtPLDζ1 promoted ectopic root-hair initiation. We conclude that GL2 exerts its regulatory effect on root-hair development through modulation of phospholipid signaling.

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