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Nucleo‐plastidic PAP 8/ pTAC 6 couples chloroplast formation with photomorphogenesis

Adrien Favier
Pierre Gans
David Cobessi


The initial greening of angiosperms involves light activation of photoreceptors that trigger photomorphogenesis, followed by the development of chloroplasts. In these semi-autonomous organelles, construction of the photosynthetic apparatus depends on the coordination of nuclear and plastid gene expression. Here, we show that the expression of PAP8, an essential subunit of the plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP) in Arabidopsis thaliana, is under the control of a regulatory element recognized by the photomorphogenic factor HY5. PAP8 protein is localized and active in both plastids and the nucleus, and particularly required for the formation of late photobodies. In the pap8 albino mutant, phytochrome-mediated signalling is altered, degradation of the chloroplast development repressors PIF1/PIF3 is disrupted, HY5 is not stabilized, and the expression of the photomorphogenesis regulator GLK1 is impaired. PAP8 translocates into plastids via its targeting pre-sequence, interacts with the PEP and eventually reaches the nucleus, where it can interact with another PEP subunit pTAC12/HMR/PAP5. Since PAP8 is required for the phytochrome B-mediated signalling cascade and the reshaping of the PEP activity, it may coordinate nuclear gene expression with PEP-driven chloroplastic gene expression during chloroplast biogenesis.
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hal-02972660 , version 1 (21-10-2020)





Monique Liebers, François-Xavier Gillet, Abir Israel, Kevin Pounot, Louise Chambon, et al.. Nucleo‐plastidic PAP 8/ pTAC 6 couples chloroplast formation with photomorphogenesis. EMBO Journal, 2020, 39 (22), pp.e104941. ⟨10.15252/embj.2020104941⟩. ⟨hal-02972660⟩
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