Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 248, Issue 6, pp 727–734 | Cite as

Heat shock and light activation of aChlamydomonas HSP70 gene are mediated by independent regulatory pathways

  • Janette Kropat
  • Erika D. von Gromoff
  • Frank W. Müller
  • Christoph F. Beck
Original Paper


Induction ofHSP70 heat shock genes by light has been demonstrated inChlamydomonas. Our aim was to establish whether this induction by light is mediated by the heat stress sensing pathway or by an independent signal chain. Inhibitors of cytoplasmic protein synthesis revealed an initial difference. Cycloheximide and other inhibitors of protein synthesis preventedHSP70A induction upon illumination but not during heat stress. Analysis ofHSP70A induction in cells that had differentiated into gametes revealed a second difference. While heat shock resulted in elevatedHSP70A mRNA levels, light was no longer able to serve as an inducer in gametes. To identify the regulatory sequences that mediate the response of theHSP70A gene to either heat stress or light we introduced a series of progressive 5′ truncations into its promoter sequence. Analyses of the levels of mRNA transcribed from these deletion constructs showed that in most of them the responses to heat shock and light were similar, suggesting that light induction is mediated by a light-activated heat shock factor. However, we show that theHSP70A promoter also containscis-acting sequences involved in light induction that do not participate in induction by heat stress. Together, these results provide evidence for a regulation ofHSP70A gene expression by light through a heat shock-independent signal pathway.

Key words

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii HSP70 Light induction Inhibitors Promoter deletions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janette Kropat
    • 1
  • Erika D. von Gromoff
    • 1
  • Frank W. Müller
    • 1
  • Christoph F. Beck
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie IIIAlbert-Ludwigs-UniversitätFreiburgGermany

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