SPA1, a WD-Repeat Protein Specific to Phytochrome A Signal Transduction

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Science  16 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5413, pp. 496-499
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5413.496

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The five members of the phytochrome photoreceptor family ofArabidopsis thaliana control morphogenesis differentially in response to light. Genetic analysis has identified a signaling pathway that is specifically activated by phytochrome A. A component in this pathway, SPA1 (for “suppressor of phyA-105”), functions in repression of photomorphogenesis and is required for normal photosensory specificity of phytochrome A. Molecular cloning of theSPA1 gene indicates that SPA1 is a WD (tryptophan–aspartic acid)-repeat protein that also shares sequence similarity with protein kinases. SPA1 can localize to the nucleus, suggesting a possible function in phytochrome A–specific regulation of gene expression.

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