RNA-based regulation in the plant circadian clock

Dorothee Staiger*, Rachel Green

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

58 Scopus citations


The circadian clock is an endogenous, approximately 24-h timer that enables plants to anticipate daily changes in their environment and regulates a considerable fraction of the transcriptome. At the core of the circadian system is the oscillator, made up of interconnected feedback loops, involving transcriptional regulation of clock genes and post-translational modification of clock proteins. Recently, it has become clear that post-transcriptional events are also critical for shaping rhythmic mRNA and protein profiles. This review covers regulation at the RNA level of both the core clock and output genes in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), with comparisons with other model organisms. We discuss the role of splicing, mRNA decay and translational regulation as well as recent insights into rhythms of noncoding regulatory RNAs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)517-523
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Work in our laboratories was supported by the DFG (STA653/2 and SFB613) (DS) and grant BSF0378415 (RG).


Dive into the research topics of 'RNA-based regulation in the plant circadian clock'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this