Amino acid sequences of RWP-RK domain containing proteins used for the construction of phylogenetic tree shown in Fig. 1
Yanagisawa, Shuichi (2022), Amino acid sequences of RWP-RK domain containing proteins used for the construction of phylogenetic tree shown in Fig. 1, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.v9s4mw6zc
The RWP-RK protein family is a group of transcription factors containing the RWP-RK DNA-binding domain. The RWP-RK DNA-binding domain is an ancient motif that emerged before the establishment of the Viridiplantae (green plants), which consist of green algae and land plants. This domain is mostly absent in other kingdoms but widely distributed in Viridiplantae. In green algae, a liverwort, and several angiosperms, RWP-RK proteins play essential roles in nitrogen responses and sexual reproduction-associated processes, which are seemingly unrelated phenomena but possible interdependent processes in autotrophs. Consistent with related but diversified roles of the RWP-RK proteins in these organisms, the RWP-RK protein family appears to have expanded intensively, but independently, in the algal and land plant lineages. Therefore, bryophyte RWP-RK proteins occupy a unique position in the evolutionary process of establishing the RWP-RK protein family. In this review, we summarize current knowledge about the RWP-RK protein family in the Viridiplantae, and discuss the significance of bryophyte RWP-RK proteins in clarifying the relationship between diversification in the RWP-RK protein family and procurement of sophisticated mechanisms for adaptation to the terrestrial environment.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Award: 18H03940