Transcription Factors Involved in Environmental Stress Responses in Plants

Chapter

Abstract

Environmental stresses such as drought, high salinity, high temperature, and cold stresses are the major factors which cause significant losses to the yields of economically important crops. Sequence-specific binding transcription factors (TFs) are known to be involved in regulation of stress responses. In this chapter, we review our current knowledge about the functions of various TFs in stress responses, including the major DREB/CBF, AREB/ABF, and HSF TFs, and their signaling cascades. Understanding the mechanisms of how the TFs act as “master regulators” in the signal transduction networks involved in the conversion of stress signal perception to stress-responsive gene expression will enable us to develop stress-tolerant crops by genetic engineering of the major TFs.

Keywords

Drought Salinity Cold, DREB Transcription factors Heat shock proteins, plant responses 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The financial support from Chinese Academy of Sciences to F.Q. (grant number KSCX2-YW-N-097) is highly appreciated. Research in Tran’s lab is supported by a Grants-in-Aid (Start-up) for Scientific Research grant (No. 21870046) from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, and by a Start-up Support grant (No. M36-57000) from RIKEN Yokohama Institute Director Discretionary Funds.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Signaling Pathway Research Unit, Plant Science CenterRIKEN Yokohama InstituteYokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Environmental Molecular PhysiologyInstitute of Botany, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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