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Tomato contains homologues of Arabidopsis cryptochromes 1 and 2


Perrotta, G and Ninu, L and Flamma, F and Weller, JL and Kendrick, RE and Nebuloso, E and Giuliano, G, Tomato contains homologues of Arabidopsis cryptochromes 1 and 2, Plant Molecular Biology, 42, (5) pp. 765-773. ISSN 0167-4412 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1006371130043


Cryptochromes are blue light photoreceptors found in both plants and animals. They probably evolved from photolyases, which are blue/UV-light-absorbing photoreceptors involved in DNA repair. In seed plants, two different cryptochrome (CRY) genes have been found in Arabidopsis and one in Sinapis, while three genes have been found in the fern Adiantum. We report the characterisation of tomato CRY genes CRY1 and CRY2. They map to chromosomes 4 and 9, respectively, show relatively constitutive expression and encode proteins of 679 and 635 amino acids, respectively. These proteins show higher similarity to their Arabidopsis counterparts than to each other, suggesting that duplication between CRY1 and CRY2 is an ancient event in the evolution of seed plants. The seed plant cryptochromes form a group distinct from the fern cryptochromes, implying that only one gene was present in the common ancestor between these two groups of plants. Most intron positions in CRY genes from plants and ferns are highly conserved. Tomato cry1 and cry2 proteins carry C-terminal domains 210 and 160 amino acids long, respectively. Several conserved motifs are found in these domains, some of which are common to both types of cryptochromes, while others are cryptochrome-type-specific.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Weller, JL (Associate Professor Jim Weller)
ID Code:35064
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-04

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