Plant Transcription Factor Database
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Selaginella moellendorffii
C3H Family
Species TF ID Description
101529C3H family protein
110501C3H family protein
112852C3H family protein
157928C3H family protein
16791C3H family protein
171130C3H family protein
19741C3H family protein
405518C3H family protein
406998C3H family protein
408664C3H family protein
409324C3H family protein
413367C3H family protein
416330C3H family protein
416803C3H family protein
421270C3H family protein
440790C3H family protein
441325C3H family protein
448225C3H family protein
45667C3H family protein
62212C3H family protein
75886C3H family protein
89139C3H family protein
89394C3H family protein
98217C3H family protein
C3H Family Introduction

One gene isolated by virtual subtraction is PEI. It encodes a protein containing a Cys3His zinc finger domain associated with a number of animal and fungal transcription factors. In situ hybridization results showed that PEI1 is expressed throughout the embryo from globular to late cotyledon stage. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing a PEI1 antisense gene produced white seeds in which embryo development did not progress through heart stage. Aberrant embryos failed to form cotyledons, but the embryonic root appeared to be normal. Aberrant embryos did not turn green, and the expression of genes involved in photomorphogenesis was drastically attenuated. In culture, aberrant embryos did not form true leaves, but root formation was apparently normal. These results suggest that PEI1 is an embryo-specific transcription factor that plays an important role during Arabidopsis embryogenesis, functioning primarily in the apical domain of the embryo.

we used a random binding site selection method to show that recombinant PEI1 protein purified from Escherichia coli can bind to specific DNA sequences. This DNA binding activity supports the prediction that PEI1 is an embryo-specific transcription factor.

Z Li and T L Thomas.
PEI1, an embryo-specific zinc finger protein gene required for heart-stage embryo formation in Arabidopsis.
Plant Cell, 1998. 10(3): p. 383-98.
PMID: 9501112