Special Issue "Genetic Regulation of Circadian Rhythm in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2018) | Viewed by 34620
Interests: Arabidopsis; circadian clock; photoreceptors; light signaling; flowering; regulation of gene expression; luciferase imaging
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Circadian rhythms are endogenous 24-h oscillations in molecular and physiological processes in living organisms. They are controlled by circadian clocks, built on gene networks, where clock genes and the encoded proteins form interlocked regulatory loops capable of oscillations primarily at the level of gene expression. This oscillation is synchronized to the day/night cycles via light and temperature (called entrainment). Although circadian rhythms were first discovered in plants centuries ago, clock genes and their regulatory links were revealed in the last two decades. Results accumulated so far indicate that the complexity of the plant oscillator exceeds that of the insect and mammalian circadian oscillators in terms of the number of components and the regulatory loops. This probably reflects the fact that vital signaling systems are usually over-secured in the sessile plants in order to provide mutation-proof and reliable adaptation to the environment. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish original research papers reporting identification of novel clock genes or novel functions/connections of/among clock components in plants. Studies on the genetic background of entrainment and review papers on these topics are also invited. We believe that this collection of papers will contribute to a better understanding of the fascinating machinery of plant circadian clocks and rhythms.
Prof. László Kozma-Bognár
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- clock gene/protein
- regulation of gene expression
- mechanisms of entrainment