PIF4 integrates multiple environmental and hormonal signals for plant growth regulation in Arabidopsis

Hyunmo Choi, Eunkyoo Oh

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Abstract

As sessile organisms, plants must be able to adapt to the environment. Plants respond to the environment by adjusting their growth and development, which is mediated by sophisticated signaling networks that integrate multiple environmental and endogenous signals. Recently, increasing evidence has shown that a bHLH transcription factor PIF4 plays a major role in the multiple signal integration for plant growth regulation. PIF4 is a positive regulator in cell elongation and its activity is regulated by various environmental signals, including light and temperature, and hormonal signals, including auxin, gibberellic acid and brassinosteroid, both transcriptionally and post-translationally. Moreover, recent studies have shown that the circadian clock and metabolic status regulate endogenous PIF4 level. The PIF4 transcription factor cooperatively regulates the target genes involved in cell elongation with hormoneregulated transcription factors. Therefore, PIF4 is a key integrator of multiple signaling pathways, which optimizes growth in the environment. This review will discuss our current understanding of the PIF4-mediated signaling networks that control plant growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-593
Number of pages7
JournalMolecules and cells
Volume39
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1

Keywords

  • Brassinosteroid
  • High temperature
  • Light
  • PIF4
  • Signaling integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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