Cryptochromes Are Required for Phytochrome Signaling to the Circadian Clock but Not for Rhythmicity

P. F. Devlin
2000 The Plant Cell  
The circadian clock is entrained to the daily cycle of day and night by light signals at dawn and dusk. Plants make use of both the phytochrome (phy) and cryptochrome (cry) families of photoreceptors in gathering information about the light environment for setting the clock. We demonstrate that the phytochromes phyA, phyB, phyD, and phyE act as photoreceptors in red light input to the clock and that phyA and the cryptochromes cry1 and cry2 act as photoreceptors in blue light input. phyA and
more » ... input. phyA and phyB act additively in red light input to the clock, whereas cry1 and cry2 act redundantly in blue light input. In addition to the action of cry1 as a photoreceptor that mediates blue light input into the clock, we demonstrate a requirement of cry1 for phyA signaling to the clock in both red and blue light. Importantly, Arabidopsis cry1 cry2 double mutants still show robust rhythmicity, indicating that cryptochromes do not form a part of the central circadian oscillator in plants as they do in mammals.
doi:10.1105/tpc.12.12.2499 pmid:11148293 fatcat:pdegxbemv5aijixqkjngolez2q