Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 252, Issue 6, pp 631–639 | Cite as

Evidence that the plastid signal and light operate via the samecis-acting elements in the promoters of nuclear genes for plastid proteins

  • V. Kusnetsov
  • C. Bolle
  • T. Lübberstedt
  • S. Sopory
  • R. G. Herrmann
  • R. Oelmüller
Original Paper


Nuclear-encoded genes for proteins of the photosynthetic maschinery represent a particular subset of genes. Their expression is cooperatively stimulated by discrete factors including the developmental stage of plastids and light. We have analyzed in transgenic tobacco the plastid- and light-dependent expression of a series of 5′ promoter deletions of various nuclear genes from spinach, of fusions of defined promoter segments with the 90-bp 35S RNA CaMV minimal promoter, as well as with mutations in sequences with homologies to characterizedcis-elements, to address the question of whether the plastid signal and light operate via the same or differentcis-acting elements. In none of the 160 different transgenic lines (representing 32 promoter constructs from seven genes) analyzed, could significant differences be identified in the responses to the two regulatory pathways. The data are compatible with the idea that both signals control the expression of nuclear genes for plastid proteins via the samecis-acting elements.

Key words

Gene expression Light regulation Photosynthesis Plastid signal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Kusnetsov
    • 1
  • C. Bolle
    • 1
  • T. Lübberstedt
    • 1
  • S. Sopory
    • 1
  • R. G. Herrmann
    • 1
  • R. Oelmüller
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches Institut der Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMunichGermany

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