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Development. 2002 May;129(10):2519-27.

Interaction of LEAFY, AGAMOUS and TERMINAL FLOWER1 in maintaining floral meristem identity in Arabidopsis.

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Plant Biology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.

Abstract

The Arabidopsis transcription factor LEAFY acts upstream of homeotic genes such as AGAMOUS to confer floral identity on meristems that arise after the transition to reproductive development. Compared to the genetic circuitry regulating the establishment of floral meristem identity, little is known about its maintenance. Previous experiments with leafy heterozygous plants and agamous mutants grown in conditions that reduce the floral inductive stimulus have shown that both genes are required to prevent reversion of floral to inflorescence meristems. Here, we present evidence that LEAFY maintains floral meristem identity independently of AGAMOUS, and that the primary role of LEAFY is either direct repression of shoot identity genes or repression of an intermediate factor that activates shoot identity genes. The latter conclusions were deduced from the phenotypes conferred by a gain-of-function transgene, LEAFY:VP16, that appears to act as a dominant negative, or antimorphic, allele during maintenance of floral meristem identity. These observations contrast with previous findings that LEAFY acts as a direct activator of floral homeotic genes, supporting the hypothesis that the transcriptional activity of LEAFY is dependent on specific co-regulators.

PMID:
11973282
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