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FEBS Lett. 2001 Feb 2;489(2-3):237-42.

Early signaling components in ultraviolet-B responses: distinct roles for different reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide.

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Department of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, Warwick, UK.


The nature and origin of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) involved in the early part of Ultraviolet-B (UV-B)-induced signaling pathways were investigated in Arabidopsis thaliana using a range of enzyme inhibitors and free radical scavengers. The increase in PR-1 transcript and decrease in Lhcb transcript in response to UV-B exposure was shown to be mediated through pathways involving hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) derived from superoxide (O(2)(&z.rad;-)). In contrast, the up-regulation of PDF1.2 transcript was mediated through a pathway involving O(2)(&z.rad;-) directly. The origins of the ROS were also shown to be distinct and to involve NADPH oxidase and peroxidase(s). The up-regulation of Chs by UV-B was not affected by ROS scavengers, but was reduced by inhibitors of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) or NO scavengers. Together these results suggest that UV-B exposure leads to the generation of ROS, from multiple sources, and NO, through increased NOS activity, giving rise to parallel signaling pathways mediating responses of specific genes to UV-B radiation.

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