To examine the mechanism of EIN3-mediated gene expression by ethylene, the expression patterns of ethylene-inducible genes by ethylene were monitored in Col-0 and ethylene signaling mutants. In Col-0, the inducibility of ACC oxidase by ethylene in light-grown seedlings was much higher than in dark-grown seedlings. While the expression of ACC oxidase was highly increased by ethylene not only in Col-0 but in ein3-1 under light treatment, this pattern was completely abrogated in etiolated ein3-1 seedlings, suggesting the expression of EIN3-mediated ACC oxidase genes could be affected by light. To check if the level of EIN3 and EIL1 was regulated by light, cell-free degradation assays were performed. This resulted in the rapid degradation of these proteins within 1h after adding dark-grown cell extracts and this degradation was retarded by light-grown extracts. Here, we propose that light may act as a negative regulator in the destabilization of EIN3/EIL1.