Plant Transcription factor database - Universität Potsdam
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Arabidopsis lyrata GeBP Family


Curaba et al. 2003: Trichomes of Arabidopsis are single-celled epidermal hair that are a useful model for studying plant cell fate determination. Trichome initiation requires the activity of the GLABROUS1 (GL1) gene whose expression in epidermal and trichome cells is dependent on the presence of a 3'-cis-regulatory element. Using a one-hybrid screen, we have isolated a cDNA, which encodes for a protein, GL1 enhancer binding protein (GeBP), that binds this regulatory element in yeast and in vitro. GeBP and its three homologues in Arabidopsis share two regions: a central region with no known motifs and a C-terminal region with a putative leucine-zipper motif. We show that both regions are necessary for trans-activation in yeast. A translational fusion with the Yellow Fluorescent Protein (YFP) indicates that GeBP is a nuclear protein whose localization is restricted to, on average, 3-5 subnuclear foci that might correspond to nucleoli. Transcriptional fusion with the GUS reporter indicates that GeBP is mainly expressed in vegetative meristematic tissues and in very young leaf primordia. We looked at GeBP expression in plants mutated in or misexpressing KNAT1, a KNOX gene, expressed in the shoot apical meristem and downregulated in leaf founder cells, and found that GeBP transcript level is regulated by KNAT1 suggesting that KNAT1 is a transcriptional activator of GeBP. This regulation suggests that GeBP is acting as a repressor of leaf cell fate.

Members of this family
  SHOULD possess DUF573 domain

Domain alignments

This family is also present in:


There are 18 gene models in this family

Gene modelDescriptionDomains
475156 fgenesh2_kg.2__286__AT1G61730.1 DUF573
475744 fgenesh2_kg.2__874__AT1G66420.1 DUF573
477768 fgenesh2_kg.3__469__AT3G04930.1 DUF573
489637 fgenesh2_kg.6__2771__AT5G28040.1 DUF573
859515 Al_scaffold_0007_3014 DUF573
860034 Al_scaffold_0007_3533 DUF573
860036 Al_scaffold_0007_3535 DUF573
861820 Al_scaffold_0006_1329 DUF573 TRAM_LAG1_CLN8
865377 Al_scaffold_0005_856 DUF573
868498 Al_scaffold_0004_661 DUF573
875344 Al_scaffold_0003_3985 DUF573
892497 scaffold_105291.1 DUF573
892618 scaffold_105412.1 DUF573
892643 scaffold_105437.1 DUF573
901687 scaffold_401188.1 DUF573
914061 scaffold_701803.1 DUF573
916025 scaffold_703767.1 DUF573
916104 scaffold_703846.1 DUF573

General references

Chevalier, F; Perazza, D; Laporte, F; Le Hénanff, G; Hornitschek, P; Bonneville, JM; Herzog, M; Vachon, G. 2008. GeBP and GeBP-like proteins are noncanonical leucine-zipper transcription factors that regulate cytokinin response in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 146(3):1142-54 PUBMEDID:18162594
Curaba, J; Herzog, M; Vachon, G. 2003. GeBP, the first member of a new gene family in Arabidopsis, encodes a nuclear protein with DNA-binding activity and is regulated by KNAT1. Plant J. 33(2):305-17 PUBMEDID:12535344