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Prenylation of the floral transcription factor APETALA1 modulates its function

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2000
<mark>Journal</mark>Plant Cell
Issue number8
Volume12
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)1257-1266
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date1/08/00
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The Arabidopsis MADS box transcription factor APETALA1 (AP1) was identified as a substrate for farnesyltransferase and shown to be farnesylated efficiently both in vitro and in vivo. AP1 regulates the transition from inflorescence shoot to floral meristems and the development of sepals and petals. AP1 fused to green fluorescent protein (GFP) retained transcription factor activity and directed the expected terminal flower phenotype when ectopically expressed in transgenic Arabidopsis. However, ap1mS, a farnesyl cysteine-acceptor mutant of AP1, as well as the GFP-ap1mS fusion protein failed to direct the development of compound terminal flowers but instead induced novel phenotypes when ectopically expressed in Arabidopsis. Similarly, compound terminal flowers did not develop in era1-2 transformants that ectopically expressed AP1. Together, the results demonstrate that AP1 is a target of farnesyltransferase and suggest that farnesylation alters the function and perhaps specificity of the transcription factor.