ABSTRACT: PASTICCINO1 (PAS1) is a high molecular weight FK506-binding protein (FKBP) involved in the control of cell proliferation and differentiation during plant development. Mutations in the C-terminal region of PAS1 result in severe developmental defects. We show here that the C-terminal domain of PAS1 controls the subcellular distribution of this protein. We also demonstrated in vitro and in vivo, by Forster resonance energy transfer, that this C-terminal region is required for interaction with FAN (FKBP-associated NAC), a new member of the plant-specific family of NAC transcription factors. PAS1 and FAN are translocated into the nucleus upon auxin treatment in plant seedlings. The nuclear translocation of PAS1 is dependent on the presence of the C terminus of the protein. Finally, we showed that FAN is involved in PAS1-regulated processes because FAN overproduction partly complemented the pas1 phenotype. We suggest that PAS1 regulates the function of this NAC-like transcription factor by controlling its targeting to the nucleus upon plant cell division.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2006; 281(35):25475-84. · 4.77 Impact Factor