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Molecular Determinants that Convert Hormone Sensitive Lipase into Gibberellin Receptor

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Gibberellins (GAs) are tetracyclic, diterpenoid plant hormones, essential for many developmental processes in higher plants. Plants perceive GA through a nuclear-localized GA receptor, GA INSENSITIVE DWARF1 (GID1). From sequence similarity, it is suggested that GID1 evolved from a hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL), and recent x-ray crystallography of the GA-GID1 complex has given insights into how GID1 recognizes GA. Analyses of the GA signaling pathway in several plant species further suggest that the GID1-mediated GA signaling pathway emerged in the vascular plant lineage and since then regulation of GA recognition specificity seems to have been fine tuned to strictly regulate the on-off GA signal.

Keywords: Arabidopsis; DELLA protein; GA INSENSITIVE DWARF1 (GID1); Selaginella moellendorffii; crystallography; epoxidation; gibberellin (GA); hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL); rice

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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