The transcription factor AtGRF5 and the transcription coactivator AN3 regulate cell proliferation in leaf primordia of Arabidopsis thaliana

Authors

  • Gorou Horiguchi,

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    1. National Institute for Basic Biology/Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585, Japan,
    2. Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193, Japan, and
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  • Gyung-Tae Kim,

    1. National Institute for Basic Biology/Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585, Japan,
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    • Present address: Faculty of Plant Biotechnology, Dong-A University, Hadan 2-dong 840, Saha-gu, Busan 604-714, Korea.

  • Hirokazu Tsukaya

    1. National Institute for Basic Biology/Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, Okazaki, Aichi 444-8585, Japan,
    2. Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Hayama, Kanagawa 240-0193, Japan, and
    3. Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
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(fax +81 564 55 7512; e-mail ghori@nibb.ac.jp).

Summary

The development of the flat morphology of leaf blades is dependent on the control of cell proliferation as well as cell expansion. Each process has a polarity with respect to the longitudinal and transverse axes of the leaf blade. However, only a few regulatory components of these processes have been identified to date. We have characterized two genes from Arabidopsis thaliana: ANGUSTIFOLIA3 (AN3), which encodes a homolog of the human transcription coactivator SYT, and GROWTH-REGULATING FACTOR5 (AtGRF5), which encodes a putative transcription factor. AN3 is identical to GRF-INTERACTING FACTOR1 (AtGIF1). The an3 and atgrf5 mutants exhibit narrow-leaf phenotypes due to decreases in cell number. Conversely, cell proliferation in leaf primordia is enhanced and leaves grow larger than normal when AN3 or AtGRF5 is overexpressed. Both genes are expressed in leaf primordia, and in the yeast two-hybrid assay, the gene products were found to interact with each other through their N-terminal domains. These results suggest that AN3 and AtGRF5 act together and are required for the development of appropriate leaf size and shape through the promotion and/or maintenance of cell proliferation activity in leaf primordia.

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