Identification of a dual orange/far-red and blue light photoreceptor from an oceanic green picoplankton

Yuko Makita, Shigekatsu Suzuki, Keiji Fushimi, Setsuko Shimada, Aya Suehisa, Manami Hirata, Tomoko Kuriyama, Yukio Kurihara, Hidefumi Hamasaki, Emiko Okubo-Kurihara, Kazutoshi Yoshitake, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Masaaki Sakuta, Takashi Gojobori, Tomoko Sakami, Rei Narikawa, Haruyo Yamaguchi, Masanobu Kawachi, Minami Matsui

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AbstractPhotoreceptors are conserved in green algae to land plants and regulate various developmental stages. In the ocean, blue light penetrates deeper than red light, and blue-light sensing is key to adapting to marine environments. Here, a search for blue-light photoreceptors in the marine metagenome uncover a chimeric gene composed of a phytochrome and a cryptochrome (Dualchrome1, DUC1) in a prasinophyte, Pycnococcus provasolii. DUC1 detects light within the orange/far-red and blue spectra, and acts as a dual photoreceptor. Analyses of its genome reveal the possible mechanisms of light adaptation. Genes for the light-harvesting complex (LHC) are duplicated and transcriptionally regulated under monochromatic orange/blue light, suggesting P. provasolii has acquired environmental adaptability to a wide range of light spectra and intensities.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 16 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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