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Phototropins are photoreceptor proteins (more specifically, flavoproteins) that mediate phototropism responses in higher plants. Along with cryptochromes and . Phototropin is a blue-light receptor containing two light, oxygen, and voltage domains in the . Molecular Form, Phototropins, Cryptochromes, Phytochromes. Phytochromes, Cryptochromes, Phototropin: Photoreceptor Interactions in Plants. Jorge J. Casal*. IFEVA, Departamento de Ecologıa, Facultad de Agronomıa.

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They are found in plants and animals. Cryptochromes are involved in the circadian rhythms of plants and animals, and possibly also in the sensing of magnetic fields in a number of species.

The name cryptochrome was proposed as a portmanteau combining the cryptic nature of the photoreceptor, and the cryptogamic organisms on which many blue-light studies were carried out.

Although Charles Darwin first documented plant responses to blue light in the s, it was not until the s that research began to identify the pigment responsible. Cryptochromes CRY1, CRY2 are evolutionarily old and phoyotropins conserved proteins that belong to the flavoproteins superfamily that exists in all kingdoms of life.

In eukaryotes, cryptochromes no longer retain this original enzymatic activity. The Ramachandran plot [18] shows that the secondary structure of the CRY1 protein is primarily a right-handed alpha helix with little to no steric overlap.

The molecule is arranged as an orthogonal bundle. In plants, cryptochromes mediate phototropismor directional growth toward a light source, in response to blue light. This response is now known to have its own set of photoreceptors, the phototropins.

Unlike phytochromes and phototropins, cryptochromes are not kinases. Their flavin chromophore is reduced by light and transported into the cell nucleuswhere it affects the turgor pressure and causes subsequent stem elongation.

To be specific, Cry2 is responsible for blue-light-mediated cotyledon and leaf expansion. Cry2 overexpression in transgenic plants increases blue-light-stimulated cotyledon expansion, which results in many broad leaves and no flowers rather than a few primary leaves with a flower.

Cryptochromes receptors cause plants to respond to blue light via photomorphogenesis. Cryptochromes help control seed and seedling development, as well as the switch from the vegetative to the flowering stage of development. In Arabidopsisit is shown that cryptochromes controls plant growth during sub-optimal blue-light conditions. Despite much research on the topic, cryptochrome photoreception and phototransduction lhototropins Drosophila and Anr thaliana is still poorly understood.

Cryptochromes are known to possess two chromophores: Past studies have supported a model by which energy captured by pterin is transferred to flavin. This could then trigger a signal transduction chain, possibly affecting gene regulation in the cell nucleus. A new hypothesis [25] proposes that in plant cryptochromes, the transduction of the light signal into a chemical signal that might be sensed by partner molecules could be triggered by a photo-induced negative charge within the protein – on the FAD cofactor or on the neighbouring aspartic acid.


The resulting change in protein conformation could lead to phosphorylation of previously inaccessible phosphorylation sites on the C-terminus and the given phosphorylated segment could then liberate the transcription factor HY5 by competing for the same binding site at the negative regulator of photomorphogenesis COP1. A different mechanism may function in Drosophila. In sponge eyes, blue-light-receptive cryptochrome is also expressed.

Phytochromes, cryptochromes, phototropin: photoreceptor interactions in plants.

Most animal eyes utilize photo-sensitive phototropine proteins expressed in neurons to communicate information of the light environment to the nervous system, whereas sponge larvae use pigment ring eyes to mediate phototactic swimming.

However, despite possessing many other G-protein-coupled receptors GPCRsthe fully sequenced genome of Amphimedon queenslandicaa demosponge larva, apparently lacks a gene for a light-sensitive opsin pigment, suggesting that the sponge’s unique eyes might have evolved cryptochromed novel light-detection mechanism. Research using RNA probes indicated that one of the two cryptochromes, Aq-Cry2, was produced near the sponge’s simple eye cells. Aq-Cry2 lacks photolyase activity and contains a flavin-based co-factor that is responsive to wavelengths of light that also mediate larval photic behavior.

Defined as an opsin-clade GPCR, it possesses a conserved Shiff base lysine that is central to opsin function. Like other sponges, A. phitotropins

This cryptochroems that opsin-less sponge eyes utilize cryptochrome, along with other proteins, to direct or act in eye-mediated phototactic behavior. Studies in animals and plants cryprochromes that cryptochromes play a pivotal role in the generation and maintenance of circadian rhythms.

Cry mutants have altered circadian rhythms, showing that Cry affects the circadian pacemaker. Drosophila with mutated Cry exhibit little to no mRNA cycling. These results suggest that cryptochromes play a photoreceptive role, as well as acting as negative regulators of Per gene expression in mice. In Drosophilacryptochrome functions as a blue light photoreceptor. Although light pulses do not entrain, full photoperiod LD cycles can still drive cycling in the ventral – lateral neurons cryphochromes the Drosophila brain.

These data along with other results suggest that CRY is the cell-autonomous photoreceptor for body clocks in Drosophila and may play a role in nonparametric entrainment entrainment by short discrete light ane. However, the lateral neurons receive light information through both the blue light CRY pathway and the rhodopsin pathway.

Therefore, CRY is involved in light perception and is an input to the circadian clock, however it is not the only input for light information, as a sustained rhythm phptotropins been shown in phototgopins absence of the CRY pathway, in which it is believed that the rhodopsin pathway is providing some light input. This mechanism is believed to require a flavin redox -based mechanism that is dependent on potassium channel conductance.

This CRY-mediated light response has been shown to increase action potential firing within seconds of a light response in opsin -knockout Drosophila. Cryptochrome, like many genes involved in circadian rhythm, shows circadian cycling in mRNA and protein levels. Overexpression of Cry also affects circadian light responses. In DrosophilaCry overexpression increases flies’ sensitivity to low-intensity light.


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In mice, Cry1 expression displays circadian rhythms in the suprachiasmatic nucleusa brain region involved in the generation of circadian rhythms, with mRNA levels peaking during the light phase and reaching a minimum in the dark. Early papers indicated that CRY has both light-independent and -dependent functions. A study in indicated that mice without rhodopsin but with cryptochrome still respond to light; however, in mice without either rhodopsin or cryptochrome, c-Fos transcription, a mediator of light sensitivity, significantly drops.

However, some recent studies indicate that human CRY may mediate light response in peripheral tissues. Normal mammalian circadian rhythm relies critically on delayed expression of Cry1 following activation of the Cry1 promoter. Whereas rhythms in Per2 promoter activation and Per2 mRNA levels have almost the same phase, Cry1 mRNA production is delayed by approximately four hours relative to Cry1 promoter activation.

Transfection of these cells with both the promoter and the first intron is required for restoration of circadian rhythms in these cells. Experimental data suggests that cryptochromes in the photoreceptor neurons of birds’ eyes are involved in magnetic orientation during migration. Cryptochrome forms a pair of radicals with correlated spins when exposed to blue light. Activation of cryptochrome may affect the light-sensitivity of retinal neurons, with the overall result that the animal can “see” the magnetic field.

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