Integration of Light and Photoperiodic Signaling in Transcriptional Nuclear Foci

Dev Cell. 2015 Nov 9;35(3):311-21. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.10.008.


Light regulates major plant developmental transitions by orchestrating a series of nuclear events. This study uncovers the molecular function of the natural variant, TZP (Tandem Zinc-finger-Plus3), as a signal integrator of light and photoperiodic pathways in transcriptional nuclear foci. We report that TZP acts as a positive regulator of photoperiodic flowering via physical interactions with the red-light receptor phytochrome B (phyB). We demonstrate that TZP localizes in dynamic nuclear domains regulated by light quality and photoperiod. This study shows that phyB is indispensable not only for localizing TZP to transcriptionally active nuclear photobodies, but also for recruiting TZP on the promoter of the floral inducer FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT). Our findings signify a unique transcriptional regulatory role to the highly enigmatic plant nuclear photobodies, where TZP directly activates FT gene expression and promotes flowering.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism*
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant / physiology*
  • Light*
  • Photoperiod
  • Signal Transduction / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Transcription Factors