Seeds: A Unique System to Study Translational Regulation

Nikita Sajeev, Bing Bai, Leónie Bentsink*

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Seeds accumulate mRNA during their development and have the ability to store these mRNAs over extended periods of time. On imbibition, seeds transform from a quiescent dry state (no translation) to a fully active metabolic state, and selectively translate subsets of these stored mRNA. Thus, seeds provide a unique developmentally regulated ‘on/off’ switch for translation. Additionally, there is extensive translational control during seed germination. Here we discuss new findings and hypotheses linked to mRNA fate and the role of translational regulation in seeds. Translation is an understated yet important mode of gene regulation. We propose seeds as a novel system to study developmentally and physiologically regulated translation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-495
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number6
Early online date16 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • long-lived mRNA
  • ribosome
  • seed germination
  • translational regulation


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