SPINDLY's role in the gibberellin response pathway.

S. E. Jacobsen, N. E. Olszewski, E. M. Meyerowitz

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The SPINDLY (SPY) locus of Arabidopsis thaliana is believed to be involved in gibberellin (GA) signal transduction. The six known mutations at this locus cause a phenotype that is consistent with constitutive activation of the GA signal transduction pathway. spy alleles are epistatic to gai, a mutation conferring gibberellin-insensitivity, indicating that SPY acts as a negative regulator of GA signal transduction, downstream of GAI. SPY was cloned using a T-DNA insertion in the spy-4 allele. SPY encodes a 914 amino acid protein with an N-terminal TPR region (a likely protein-protein interaction domain) and a novel C-terminal domain. The spy mutants show that both the N- and C-terminal domains of SPY are functionally important, spy-4 is likely to be a null allele and displays some morphological defects not seen in the other alleles. A 35S:SPY construct rescues the spy mutant phenotype, but does not show any gain-of-function SPY phenotypes. Smaller constructs overexpressing different domains of the SPY protein have no effect on plant development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalSymposia of the Society for Experimental Biology
StatePublished - 1998


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