Distinct light and clock modulation of cytosolic free Ca2+ oscillations and rhythmic CHLOROPHYLL A/B BINDING PROTEIN2 promoter activity in Arabidopsis

Xiaodong Xu, Carlos T. Hotta, Antony N. Dodd, John Love, Robert Sharrock, Young Wha Lee, Qiguang Xie, Carl H. Johnson, Alex A. R. Webb

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Plants have circadian oscillations in the concentration of cytosolic free calcium ([Ca2+](cyt)). To dissect the circadian Ca2+-signaling network, we monitored circadian [Ca2+](cyt) oscillations under various light/dark conditions (including different spectra) in Arabidopsis thaliana wild type and photoreceptor and circadian clock mutants. Both red and blue light regulate circadian oscillations of [Ca2+](cyt). Red light signaling is mediated by PHYTOCHROME B (PHYB). Blue light signaling occurs through the redundant action of CRYPTOCHROME1 (CRY1) and CRY2. Blue light also increases the basal level of [Ca2+](cyt), and this response requires PHYB, CRY1, and CRY2. Light input into the oscillator controlling [Ca2+](cyt) rhythms is gated by EARLY FLOWERING3. Signals generated in the dark also regulate the circadian behavior of [Ca2+](cyt). Oscillations of [Ca2+](cyt) and CHLOROPHYLL A/B BINDING PROTEIN2 (CAB2) promoter activity are dependent on the rhythmic expression of LATE ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL and CIRCADIAN CLOCK-ASSOCIATED1, but [Ca2+](cyt) and CAB2 promoter activity are uncoupled in the timing of cab1 (toc1-1) mutant but not in toc1-2. We suggest that the circadian oscillations of [Ca2+](cyt) and CAB2 promoter activity are regulated by distinct oscillators with similar components that are used in a different manner and that these oscillators may be located in different cell types in Arabidopsis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3474-3490
Number of pages17
JournalPlant Cell
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

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