GER1, a GDSL motif-encoding gene from rice is a novel early light- and jasmonate-induced gene

Plant Biol (Stuttg). 2007 Jan;9(1):32-40. doi: 10.1055/s-2006-924561. Epub 2006 Oct 17.


The reaction of the rice mutant HEBIBA differs from that of wild-type rice in that the mutant responds inversely to red light and is defective in the light-triggered biosynthesis of jasmonic acid (JA). Using the wild type and the HEBIBA mutant of rice in a differential display screen, we attempted to identify genes that act in or near the convergence point of light and JA signalling. We isolated specifically regulated DNA fragments from approximately 10 000 displayed bands, and identified a new early light- and JA-induced gene. This gene encodes an enzyme containing a GDSL motif, showing 38 % identity at the amino acid level to lipase Arab-1 in Arabidopsis thaliana. The GDSL CONTAINING ENZYME RICE 1 gene (GER1) is rapidly induced by both red (R) and far-red (FR) light and by JA. The results are discussed with respect to a possible role for GER1 as a negative regulator of coleoptile elongation in the context of recent findings on the impact of JA on light signalling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Motifs*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cyclopentanes / pharmacology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant / drug effects*
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / analysis
  • Light*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oryza / drug effects
  • Oryza / genetics*
  • Oryza / radiation effects
  • Oxylipins
  • Phytochrome A / physiology
  • Phytochrome B / physiology
  • Plant Proteins / analysis
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Signal Transduction


  • Cyclopentanes
  • Oxylipins
  • Phytochrome A
  • Plant Proteins
  • Phytochrome B
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins
  • jasmonic acid