Aug 8, 2006

SERRATE is a novel nuclear regulator in primary microRNA processing in Arabidopsis

The Plant Journal : for Cell and Molecular Biology
Li YangHai Huang


The Arabidopsis gene SERRATE (SE) controls leaf development, meristem activity, inflorescence architecture and developmental phase transition. It has been suggested that SE, which encodes a C(2)H(2) zinc finger protein, may change gene expression via chromatin modification. Recently, SE has also been shown to regulate specific microRNAs (miRNAs), miR165/166, and thus control shoot meristem function and leaf polarity. However, it remains unclear whether and how SE modulates specific miRNA processing. Here we show that the se mutant exhibits some similar developmental abnormalities as the hyponastic leaves1 (hyl1) mutant. Since HYL1 is a nuclear double-stranded RNA-binding protein acting in the DICER-LIKE1 (DCL1) complex to regulate the first step of primary miRNA transcript (pri-miRNA) processing, we hypothesized that SE could play a previously unrecognized and general role in miRNA processing. Genetic analysis supports that SE and HYL1 act in the same pathway to regulate plant development. Consistently, SE is critical for the accumulation of multiple miRNAs and the trans-acting small interfering RNA (ta-siRNA), but is not required for sense post-transcriptional gene silencing. We further demonstrate that SE is localized in the ...Continue Reading

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Zinc Fingers
Biochemical Pathway
RNA, Small Interfering
Primary MicroRNA
Leaf Development
Genetic Analysis
Genetic Screening Method
RNA, Small Temporal

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