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The circadian oscillator gene GIGANTEA mediates a long-term response of the Arabidopsis thaliana circadian clock to sucrose

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  • Neil Dalchau
  • Seong J Baek
  • Helen M Briggs
  • Fiona C Robertson
  • Antony N Dodd
  • Michael J Gardner
  • Matthew A Stancombe
  • Michael James Haydon
  • Guy-Bart Stan
  • Jorge M Gonçalves
  • Alex A R Webb


Publication details

JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DatePublished - 22 Mar 2011
Issue number12
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)5104-9
Original languageEnglish


Circadian clocks are 24-h timing devices that phase cellular responses; coordinate growth, physiology, and metabolism; and anticipate the day-night cycle. Here we report sensitivity of the Arabidopsis thaliana circadian oscillator to sucrose, providing evidence that plant metabolism can regulate circadian function. We found that the Arabidopsis circadian system is particularly sensitive to sucrose in the dark. These data suggest that there is a feedback between the molecular components that comprise the circadian oscillator and plant metabolism, with the circadian clock both regulating and being regulated by metabolism. We used also simulations within a three-loop mathematical model of the Arabidopsis circadian oscillator to identify components of the circadian clock sensitive to sucrose. The mathematical studies identified GIGANTEA (GI) as being associated with sucrose sensing. Experimental validation of this prediction demonstrated that GI is required for the full response of the circadian clock to sucrose. We demonstrate that GI acts as part of the sucrose-signaling network and propose this role permits metabolic input into circadian timing in Arabidopsis.

    Research areas

  • Arabidopsis, Arabidopsis Proteins, Circadian Clocks, Circadian Rhythm, Darkness, Models, Biological, Sucrose

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