Asymmetric cell division in plant development.

Renze Heidstra*

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Plant embryogenesis creates a seedling with a basic body plan. Post-embryonically the seedling elaborates with a lifelong ability to develop new tissues and organs. As a result asymmetric cell divisions serve essential roles during embryonic and postembryonic development to generate cell diversity. This review highlights selective cases of asymmetric division in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and describes the current knowledge on fate determinants and mechanisms involved. Common themes that emerge are: 1. role of the plant hormone auxin and its polar transport machinery; 2. a MAP kinase signaling cascade and; 3. asymmetric segregating transcription factors that are involved in several asymmetric cell divisions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Asymmetric Cell Division
EditorsAlvaro Macieira-Coelho
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9783540691617
ISBN (Print)9783540691600
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProgress in molecular and subcellular biology
ISSN (Print)0079-6484

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