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1 February 2002 Identification of a Light-regulated Protein Kinase Activity from Seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana
Przemyslaw Malec, Avital Yahalom, Daniel A. Chamovitz
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Protein kinase transduction pathways are thought to be involved in light signaling in plants, but other than the photoreceptors, no protein kinase activity has been shown to be light-regulated in vivo. Using an in-gel protein kinase assay technique with histone H III SS as an exogenous substrate, we identified a light-regulated protein kinase activity with an apparent molecular weight ca 50 kDa. The kinase activity increased transiently after irradiation of dark-grown seedlings with continuous far red light (FR) and blue light (B) and decreased after irradiation with red light (R). The maximal activation was achieved after 30 min to 1 h with FR or B. After irradiation times longer than 2 h, the kinase activity decreased to below the sensitivity level of the assay. In Arabidopsis mutants lacking either the photoreceptors phytochrome A, phytochrome B or the blue-light receptor cryptochrome 1, kinase activity was undetectable, whereas in the photomorphogenic mutants cop1 and det1 the kinase activity was also observed in the absence of light signals, though still stimulated by B and FR. Interestingly, the R inhibition of the kinase activity was lost in the mutant hy5. Pretreatment with cycloheximide blocked the kinase activity.

Przemyslaw Malec, Avital Yahalom, and Daniel A. Chamovitz "Identification of a Light-regulated Protein Kinase Activity from Seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana," Photochemistry and Photobiology 75(2), 178-183, (1 February 2002).<0178:IOALRP>2.0.CO;2
Received: 1 October 2001; Accepted: 1 November 2001; Published: 1 February 2002

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