At5g40330: MYB23 (MYB DOMAIN PROTEIN 23)

Encodes a MYB gene that, when overexpressed ectopically, can induce ectopic trichome formation. It is a member of subgroup 15, together with WER and GL1. Members of this subgroup share a conserved motif of 19 amino acids in the putative transcription activation domain at the C-terminal end. The gene is expressed in leaves, stems, flowers, seeds and roots and quite strongly in trichomes. There is partial functional redundancy between ATMYB23 and GL1. The two proteins are functionally equivalent with respect to the regulation of trichome initiation but not with respect to trichome branching - which is controlled by MYB23 and not GL1.