Reverse genetic identification of CRN1 and its distinctive role in chlorophyll degradation in arabidopsis

Guodong Ren, Qian Zhou, Shouxin Wu, Yufan Zhang, Lingang Zhang, Jirong Huang, Zhenfei Sun, Benke Kuai

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    Recent identification of NYE1/SGR1 brought up a new era for the exploration of the regulatory mechanism of Chlorophyll (Chl) degradation. Cluster analysis of senescence associated genes with putative chloroplast targeting sequences revealed several genes sharing a similar expression pattern with NYE1. Further characterization of available T-DNA insertion lines led to the discovery of a novel stay-green gene CRN1 (Co-regulated with NYE1). Chl breakdown was significantly restrained in crn1-1 under diversified senescence scenarios, which is comparable with that in acd1-20, but much more severe than that in nye1-1. Notably, various Chl binding proteins, especially trimeric LHCP II, were markedly retained in crn1-1 four days after dark-treatment, possibly due to a lesion in disassociation of protein-pigment complex. Nevertheless, the photochemical efficiency of PSII in crn1-1 declined, even more rapidly, two days after dark-treatment, compared to those in Col-0 and nye1-1. Our results suggest that CRN1 plays a crucial role in Chl degradation, and that loss of its function produces various side-effects, including those on the breakdown of Ch-protein complex and the maintenance of the residual photosynthetic capability during leaf senescence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)496-504
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Integrative Plant Biology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry
    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Plant Science


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