Chapter 11. Plant Cryptochromes and Signaling

  1. Prof. Dr. Winslow R. Briggs2 and
  2. Prof. Dr. John L. Spudich3
  1. Anthony R. Cashmore

Published Online: 26 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1002/352760510X.ch11

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

Handbook of Photosensory Receptors

How to Cite

Cashmore, A. R. (2005) Plant Cryptochromes and Signaling, in Handbook of Photosensory Receptors (eds W. R. Briggs and J. L. Spudich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/352760510X.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 260 Panama St., Stanford, CA 94305, USA

  2. 3

    Center for Membrane Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School, 6431 Fannin Street, MSB 6.130, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Author Information

  1. Plant Science Institute, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2005
  2. Published Print: 17 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527310197

Online ISBN: 9783527605101



  • photosensory receptors;
  • plant cryptochromes;
  • signaling;
  • photolyases;
  • cryptochrome photochemistry;
  • signaling mutants;
  • Arabidopsis cryptochromes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Photolyases

  • Cryptochrome Photochemistry

  • Cryptochrome Action Spectra

  • Cryptochromes and Blue Light-dependent Inhibition of Cell Expansion

  • Signaling Mutants

  • Signaling by Cryptochrome CNT and CCT Domains

  • Arabidopsis Cryptochromes Exist as Dimers

  • COP1, a Signaling Partner of Arabidopsis Cryptochromes

  • Cryptochrome and Phosphorylation

  • Cryptochrome and Gene Expression

  • Concluding Thoughts

  • References