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Coregulation of gene expression by White collar 1 and phytochrome in Ustilago maydis

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Title:Coregulation of gene expression by White collar 1 and phytochrome in Ustilago maydis
Creators Name:Brych, A. and Haas, F.B. and Parzefall, K. and Panzer, S. and Schermuly, J. and Altmüller, J. and Engelsdorf, T. and Terpitz, U. and Rensing, S.A. and Kiontke, S. and Batschauer, A.
Abstract:Ustilago maydis encodes ten predicted light-sensing proteins. The biological functions of only a few of them are elucidated. Among the characterized ones are two DNA-photolyases and two rhodopsins that act as DNA-repair enzymes or green light-driven proton pumps, respectively. Here we report on the role of two other photoreceptors in U. maydis, namely White collar 1 (Wco1) and Phytochrome 1 (Phy1). We show that they bind flavins or biliverdin as chromophores, respectively. Both photoreceptors undergo a photocycle in vitro. Wco1 is the dominant blue light receptor in the saprophytic phase, controlling all of the 324 differentially expressed genes in blue light. U. maydis also responds to red and far-red light. However, the number of red or far-red light-controlled genes is less compared to blue light-regulated ones. Moreover, most of the red and far-red light-controlled genes not only depend on Phy1 but also on Wco1, indicating partial coregulation of gene expression by both photoreceptors. GFP-fused Wco1 is preferentially located in the nucleus, Phy1 in the cytosol, thus providing no hint that these photoreceptors directly interact or operate within the same complex. This is the first report on a functional characterization and coaction of White collar 1 and phytochrome orthologs in basidiomycetes.
Keywords:Ustilago maydis, White collar 1, Light Regulation, Phytochrome, RNA-Seq, Transcriptome
Source:Fungal Genetics and Biology
Page Range:103570
Date:July 2021
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fgb.2021.103570
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