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Symp Soc Exp Biol. 1998;51:73-8.

SPINDLY's role in the gibberellin response pathway.

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Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena 91125, USA.


The SPINDLY (SPY) locus of Arabidopsis thaliana is believed to be involved in gibberellin (GA) signal transduction. The six known mutations at this locus cause a phenotype that is consistent with constitutive activation of the GA signal transduction pathway. spy alleles are epistatic to gai, a mutation conferring gibberellin-insensitivity, indicating that SPY acts as a negative regulator of GA signal transduction, downstream of GAI. SPY was cloned using a T-DNA insertion in the spy-4 allele. SPY encodes a 914 amino acid protein with an N-terminal TPR region (a likely protein-protein interaction domain) and a novel C-terminal domain. The spy mutants show that both the N- and C-terminal domains of SPY are functionally important, spy-4 is likely to be a null allele and displays some morphological defects not seen in the other alleles. A 35S:SPY construct rescues the spy mutant phenotype, but does not show any gain-of-function SPY phenotypes. Smaller constructs overexpressing different domains of the SPY protein have no effect on plant development.

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