Linking signaling pathways to histone acetylation dynamics in plants

Jianjun Jiang, Adeline B. Ding, Fengquan Liu, Xuehua Zhong

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As sessile organisms, plants face versatile environmental challenges and require proper responses at multiple levels for survival. Epigenetic modification of DNA and histones is a conserved gene-regulatory mechanism and plays critical roles in diverse aspects of biological processes, ranging from genome defense and imprinting to development and physiology. In recent years, emerging studies have revealed the interplay between signaling transduction pathways, epigenetic modifications, and chromatin cascades. Specifically, histone acetylation and deacetylation dictate plant responses to environmental cues by modulating chromatin dynamics to regulate downstream gene expression as signaling outputs. In this review, we summarize current understandings of the link between plant signaling pathways and epigenetic modifications with a focus on histone acetylation and deacetylation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5179-5190
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 17 2020


  • Chromatin
  • Gene expression
  • Histone acetylation
  • Histone acetyltransferase (HAT)
  • Histone deacetylase (HDAC)
  • Histone deacetylation
  • Signaling


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