Phototropins are photoreceptor proteins (more specifically, flavoproteins) that mediate phototropism responses in higher plants. Along with cryptochromes and . Phototropin is a blue-light receptor containing two light, oxygen, and voltage domains in the . Molecular Form, Phototropins, Cryptochromes, Phytochromes. Phytochromes, Cryptochromes, Phototropin: Photoreceptor Interactions in Plants. Jorge J. Casal*. IFEVA, Departamento de Ecologıa, Facultad de Agronomıa.

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Normal mammalian circadian rhythm relies critically on delayed expression of Cry1 following activation of the Cry1 promoter. Cry2 overexpression in transgenic plants increases blue-light-stimulated cotyledon expansion, which results in many broad leaves and no flowers rather than a few primary leaves with a flower.

Aq-Cry2 lacks photolyase activity and contains a flavin-based co-factor that is responsive crypfochromes wavelengths of light that also mediate larval photic behavior. This response is now known to have its own set of photoreceptors, the phototropins. Overexpression of Cry also affects circadian phototeopins responses.

Studies in animals and plants suggest that cryptochromes play a pivotal role in the generation and maintenance of circadian rhythms. Fundamentals cryptochromse Biomolecular Botany 2 ed. The molecule is arranged as an orthogonal bundle.

Under short photoperiods of red and blue light, cry1 and phyB are synergistic, but under continuous exposure to the same light field the actions of phyB and cry1 become independent and additive.

Cryptochromes CRY1, CRY2 are evolutionarily old and highly conserved proteins that belong to the flavoproteins superfamily that exists in all kingdoms of life. Whereas rhythms in Per2 promoter activation and Per2 mRNA levels have almost the same phase, Cry1 mRNA production is delayed by approximately four hours relative to Cry1 promoter activation.


In Drosophilacryptochrome functions as a blue light photoreceptor.

Phytochromes, cryptochromes, phototropin: photoreceptor interactions in plants.

EC number Enzyme superfamily Enzyme family List of enzymes. Experimental data suggests that cryptochromes in the photoreceptor neurons of birds’ eyes are involved in magnetic orientation during migration. The Journal of Experimental Biology.

Cryptochromes receptors cause plants to respond to blue light via photomorphogenesis. There is light-dependent epistasis among certain photoreceptor genes because the action of one pigment can cryptocrhomes affected by the activity of others. Finally, cry2 and phyB are antagonistic in the induction of flowering. This CRY-mediated light response has been shown to increase action potential firing within seconds of a light response in opsin -knockout Drosophila.

Phototropic bending of the shoot toward unilateral blue light is mediated by phototropin, but cry1, cry2, phyA and phyB positively regulate the response. These results suggest that cryptochromes cryptochromrs a photoreceptive role, as well as acting as negative regulators xryptochromes Per gene expression in mice.

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Early papers indicated that CRY has both light-independent and -dependent functions. Their flavin chromophore is reduced by light and transported into the cell phototroponswhere it affects the turgor pressure and causes subsequent stem elongation.

At least some of these interactions are likely to result from cross talk of the photoreceptor signaling pathways and uncover photortopins avenues to approach signal transduction. Chromosome 10 mouse [2]. Research using RNA probes indicated that one of the two cryptochromes, Aq-Cry2, was produced near the sponge’s simple eye cells. The name cryptochrome was proposed as a portmanteau combining the cryptic nature of the photoreceptor, and the cryptogamic organisms on which many blue-light studies were carried out.


Cryptochromes are known to possess two chromophores: CRC handbook of organic photochemistry and photobiology. Cryptochromes are involved in the circadian rhythms of plants and animals, and possibly also phototropind the sensing of magnetic fields in a number of species. In DrosophilaCry overexpression increases flies’ sensitivity to low-intensity light.

Cryptochrome, like many genes involved in circadian rhythm, shows circadian cycling in mRNA and protein levels. Five phytochromes phyA through phyDtwo cryptochromes cry1, cry2 and phototropin have been identified in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. A new hypothesis [25] proposes that in plant cryptochromes, the transduction of the light signal into a chemical signal that might be sensed by partner molecules could be triggered by a photo-induced negative charge within the protein – on the FAD cofactor or on the neighbouring aspartic acid.

These data along with other results suggest that CRY is the cell-autonomous photoreceptor for body clocks in Drosophila and may play a role in nonparametric entrainment entrainment by short discrete light pulses.