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• Here we investigate, using molecular genetics, the conservation and diversification of ARABIDILLO protein function in plants separated by ~450 million years of evolution.
• We demonstrate that ARABIDILLO homologues in the moss Physcomitrella regulate a previously undiscovered inhibitory effect of abscisic acid (ABA) on spore germination. Furthermore, we show that Arabidopsis ARABIDILLOs function similarly during seed germination. Early-diverging ARABIDILLO homologues from both Physcomitrella and the lycophyte Selaginella can substitute for ARABIDILLO function during Arabidopsis root development and seed germination.
• We conclude that (i) ABA was co-opted early in plant evolution to regulate functionally analogous processes in spore- and seed-producing plants and (ii) plant ARABIDILLO germination functions were co-opted early into both gametophyte and sporophyte, with a specific rooting function evolving later in the land plant lineage.
- Armadillo proteins
- abscisic acid
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23/01/06 → 22/08/09
Project: Research Councils