PlantTFDB
Plant Transcription Factor Database
v4.0
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Ricinus communis
BES1 Family
Species TF ID Description
29646.m001062BES1 family protein
29820.m001005BES1 family protein
29827.m002636BES1 family protein
30026.m001485BES1 family protein
30075.m001185BES1 family protein
30170.m013999BES1 family protein
30174.m009027BES1 family protein
BES1 Family Introduction

Brassinosteroids (BRs) signal through a plasma membrane-localized receptor kinase to regulate plant growth and development. We showed previously that a novel protein, BES1(BRI1-EMS-SUPPRESSOR 1), accumulates in the nucleus in response to BRs, where it plays a role in BR-regulated gene expression; however, the mechanism by which BES1 regulates gene expression is unknown. In this study, we dissect BES1 subdomains and establish that BES1 is a transcription factor that binds to and activates BR target gene promoters both in vitro and in vivo. BES1 interacts with a basic helix-loop-helix protein, BIM1, to synergistically bind to E box (CANNTG) sequences present in many BR-induced promoters. Loss-of-function and gain-of-function mutants of BIM1 and its close family members display BR response phenotypes. Thus, BES1 defines a new class of plant-specific transcription factors that cooperate with transcription factors such as BIM1 to regulate BR-induced genes.

Yin Y, Vafeados D, Tao Y, Yoshida S, Asami T, Chory J.
A new class of transcription factors mediates brassinosteroid-regulated gene expression in Arabidopsis.
Cell. 2005 Jan 28;120(2):249-59.
PMID: 15680330