O-GlcNAcylation of master growth repressor DELLA by SECRET AGENT modulates multiple signaling pathways in Arabidopsis.

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The DELLA family of transcription regulators functions as master growth repressors in plants by inhibiting phytohormone gibberellin (GA) signaling in response to developmental and environmental cues. DELLAs also play a central role in mediating cross-talk between GA and other signaling pathways via antagonistic direct interactions with key transcription factors. However, how these crucial protein-protein interactions can be dynamically regulated during plant development remains unclear. Here, we show that DELLAs are modified by the O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) transferase (OGT) SECRET AGENT (SEC) in Arabidopsis. O-GlcNAcylation of the DELLA protein REPRESSOR OF ga1-3 (RGA) inhibits RGA binding to four of its interactors-PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR3 (PIF3), PIF4, JASMONATE-ZIM DOMAIN1, and BRASSINAZOLE-RESISTANT1 (BZR1)-that are key regulators in light, jasmonate, and brassinosteroid signaling pathways, respectively. Consistent with this, the sec-null mutant displayed reduced responses to GA and brassinosteroid and showed decreased expression of several common target genes of DELLAs, BZR1, and PIFs. Our results reveal a direct role of OGT in repressing DELLA activity and indicate that O-GlcNAcylation of DELLAs provides a fine-tuning mechanism in coordinating multiple signaling activities during plant development.

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Cited Authors

  • Zentella, R; Hu, J; Hsieh, W-P; Matsumoto, PA; Dawdy, A; Barnhill, B; Oldenhof, H; Hartweck, LM; Maitra, S; Thomas, SG; Cockrell, S; Boyce, M; Shabanowitz, J; Hunt, DF; Olszewski, NE; Sun, T-P

Published Date

  • January 15, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 164 - 176

PubMed ID

  • 26773002

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4719307

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-5477

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1101/gad.270587.115


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States