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Define the role of bZIP1, bZIP53 and bZIP63 transcriptional regulatory factors in maintaining energy balance

Grant number: 19/25696-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2020
Effective date (End): April 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Plant Genetics
Cooperation agreement: BBSRC, UKRI
Principal Investigator:Michel Georges Albert Vincentz
Grantee:João Guilherme Portugal Vieira
Home Institution: Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética (CBMEG). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/25710-4 - The role of sugar-responsive bZIP transcription factors in the regulation of the circadian oscillator of Arabidopsis, AP.TEM

Abstract

Efficient management of energy resources is essential for plants to integrate their growth with constantly changing environmentalal conditions. Sugars produced by CO2 fixation by photosynthesis represent the primary source of energy. These sugars are partitioned between sucrose and starch (glucose polymer), which will be consumed during the night to sustain growth. In Arabidopsis thaliana, programmed starch degradation involves the interplay of the circadian clock and the bZIP transcription regulator, AtbZIP63 (bZIP63). bZIP63 acts together with bZIP1 and bZIP53 which are heterodimeric partners. The importance of heterodimers in controlling starch metabolism is unknown. The main objective of the project is to investigate the involvement of bZIP1, 53 and 63 transcriptional regulatory factors in the diel control of energy resources. The work should reveal new insigth into the interface between the circadian clock and sugar signaling in te managment of energy homeostasis focusing on the control of starch degradation. Understanding the mechanisms controlling the balanced use of available energy has the potential to improve biomass production of cultivated plants. (AU)