COLD REGULATED GENE 27 and 28 antagonize the transcriptional activity of the RVE8/LNK1/LNK2 circadian complex

Maria L. Sorkin, Shin Cheng Tzeng, Stefanie King, Andrés Romanowski, Nikolai Kahle, Rebecca Bindbeutel, Andreas Hiltbrunner, Marcelo J. Yanovsky, Bradley S. Evans, Dmitri A. Nusinow

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Many molecular and physiological processes in plants occur at a specific time of day. These daily rhythms are coordinated in part by the circadian clock, a timekeeper that uses daylength and temperature to maintain rhythms of ∼24 h in various clock-regulated phenotypes. The circadian MYB-like transcription factor REVEILLE 8 (RVE8) interacts with its transcriptional coactivators NIGHT LIGHT-INDUCIBLE AND CLOCK-REGULATED 1 (LNK1) and LNK2 to promote the expression of evening-phased clock genes and cold tolerance factors. While genetic approaches have commonly been used to discover connections within the clock and between clock elements and other pathways, here, we used affinity purification coupled with mass spectrometry (APMS) to identify time-of-day-specific protein interactors of the RVE8-LNK1/LNK2 complex in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Among the interactors of RVE8/LNK1/LNK2 were COLD-REGULATED GENE 27 (COR27) and COR28, which coprecipitated in an evening-specific manner. In addition to COR27 and COR28, we found an enrichment of temperature-related interactors that led us to establish a previously uncharacterized role for LNK1 and LNK2 in temperature entrainment of the clock. We established that RVE8, LNK1, and either COR27 or COR28 form a tripartite complex in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and that the effect of this interaction in planta serves to antagonize transcriptional activation of RVE8 target genes, potentially through mediating RVE8 protein degradation in the evening. Together, these results illustrate how a proteomic approach can be used to identify time-of-day-specific protein interactions. Discovery of the RVE8-LNK-COR protein complex indicates a previously unknown regulatory mechanism for circadian and temperature signaling pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2436-2456
Number of pages21
JournalPlant Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2023


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