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Protein Cell. 2012 Feb;3(2):106-16. doi: 10.1007/s13238-012-2016-7. Epub 2012 Mar 17.

Genomic basis for light control of plant development.

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Peking-Yale Joint Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Agro-biotechnology, State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research, College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China.


Light is one of the key environmental signals regulating plant growth and development. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms by which light controls plant development has long been of great interest to plant biologists. Traditional genetic and molecular approaches have successfully identified key regulatory factors in light signaling, but recent genomic studies have revealed massive reprogramming of plant transcriptomes by light, identified binding sites across the entire genome of several pivotal transcription factors in light signaling, and discovered the involvement of epigenetic regulation in light-regulated gene expression. This review summarizes the key genomic work conducted in the last decade which provides new insights into light control of plant development.

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