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Nat Commun. 2014;5:3064. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4064.

MED18 interaction with distinct transcription factors regulates multiple plant functions.

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1
Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, 915 W State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA.
2
1] Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, 915 W State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA [2].
3
Bioinformatics Core, Cyber Center, Discovery Park, Purdue University, 155 South Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA.
4
Division of Applied Life Sciences (BK 21 program), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 660-701, Korea.

Abstract

Mediator is an evolutionarily conserved transcriptional regulatory complex. Mechanisms of Mediator function are poorly understood. Here we show that Arabidopsis MED18 is a multifunctional protein regulating plant immunity, flowering time and responses to hormones through interactions with distinct transcription factors. MED18 interacts with YIN YANG1 to suppress disease susceptibility genes glutaredoxins GRX480, GRXS13 and thioredoxin TRX-h5. Consequently, yy1 and med18 mutants exhibit deregulated expression of these genes and enhanced susceptibility to fungal infection. In addition, MED18 interacts with ABA INSENSITIVE 4 and SUPPRESSOR OF FRIGIDA4 to regulate abscisic acid responses and flowering time, respectively. MED18 associates with the promoter, coding and terminator regions of target genes suggesting its function in transcription initiation, elongation and termination. Notably, RNA polymerase II occupancy and histone H3 lysine tri-methylation of target genes are affected in the med18 mutant, reinforcing MED18 function in different mechanisms of transcriptional control. Overall, MED18 conveys distinct cues to engender transcription underpinning plant responses.

PMID:
24451981
DOI:
10.1038/ncomms4064
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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