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Title: AGAMOUS-LIKE 17, a novel flowering promoter, acts in a FT-independent photoperiod pathway
Authors: Han, P. 
García-Ponce, B.
Fonseca-Salazar, G.
Alvarez-Buylla, E.R.
Yu, H. 
Keywords: AGAMOUS-LIKE 17
Flowering time
MADS-box gene
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Citation: Han, P., García-Ponce, B., Fonseca-Salazar, G., Alvarez-Buylla, E.R., Yu, H. (2008-07). AGAMOUS-LIKE 17, a novel flowering promoter, acts in a FT-independent photoperiod pathway. Plant Journal 55 (2) : 253-265. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The photoperiod pathway is a genetically conserved pathway that affects flowering in distantly related angiosperms. Here we report a novel flowering promoter AGAMOUS-LIKE 17 (AGL17) acting in the photoperiod pathway of Arabidopsis. AGL17 transcripts were detectable in various plant organs with the highest expression in the root. Under long-day conditions, expression of AGL17 gradually increased in the aerial part of seedlings during the floral transition. Overexpression of AGL17 caused early flowering, while loss of function of AGL17 exhibited late flowering, particularly under long days. Analysis of AGL17 expression in various flowering-time mutants showed that its transcripts were significantly reduced in the photoperiod pathway mutant co-1. Correspondingly, AGL17 expression was upregulated in transgenic plants overexpressing CONSTANS (CO) and also when CO activity was induced by light. Genetic analysis further showed that overexpression of AGL17 could partially suppress the late flowering of co-1. These results suggest that AGL17 acts to promote flowering and is positively controlled by the photoperiod pathway regulator CO. In contrast, another target of CO, FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT), did not affect AGL17 expression, and vice versa. The expression of two floral meristem identity genes LEAFY (LFY) and APETALA1 (AP1) decreased in agl17-1, while LFY and AP1 could be rapidly induced by AGL17 using a functional estradiol-inducible system. These findings indicate that AGL17 ultimately promotes flowering via regulation of LFY and AP1. © 2008 National University of Singapore.
Source Title: Plant Journal
ISSN: 09607412
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2008.03499.x
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