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Development and cell biology

This section considers studies in the development and developmental processes of plants and all aspects of the biology of plant cells.

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  1. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-based transient assays have become a common tool for answering questions related to protein localization and gene expression in a cellular context. The use of these assays assumes that t...

    Authors: Jessica L Erickson, Jörg Ziegler, David Guevara, Steffen Abel, Ralf B Klösgen, Jaideep Mathur, Steven J Rothstein and Martin H Schattat

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:127

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  2. The versatile Vacuole Membrane Protein 1 (VMP1) has been previously investigated in six species. It has been shown to be essential in macroautophagy, where it takes part in autophagy initiation. In addition, V...

    Authors: Hezi Tenenboim, Julia Smirnova, Lothar Willmitzer, Martin Steup and Yariv Brotman

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:121

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  3. A large number of post-transcriptional modifications of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) have been described in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. They are known to influence their stability, turnover, and chemical/physical pro...

    Authors: Matthias Philipp, Florian John and Christoph Ringli

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:109

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  4. Although several chloroplast RNA splicing and ribosome maturation (CRM) domain-containing proteins have been characterized for intron splicing and rRNA processing during chloroplast gene expression, the functi...

    Authors: Kwanuk Lee, Hwa Jung Lee, Dong Hyun Kim, Young Jeon, Hyun-Sook Pai and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:98

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  5. Uncovering the complex transcriptional regulatory networks (TRNs) that underlie plant and animal development remains a challenge. However, a vast amount of data from public microarray experiments is available,...

    Authors: Ricardo A Chávez Montes, Gerardo Coello, Karla L González-Aguilera, Nayelli Marsch-Martínez, Stefan de Folter and Elena R Alvarez-Buylla

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:97

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  6. Plants are sessile organisms that deal with their -sometimes adverse- environment in well-regulated ways. Chromatin remodeling involving SWI/SNF2-type ATPases is thought to be an important epigenetic mechanism...

    Authors: Adam Folta, Edouard I Severing, Julian Krauskopf, Henri van de Geest, Jan Verver, Jan-Peter Nap and Ludmila Mlynarova

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:76

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  7. Chloroplasts have evolved from a cyanobacterial endosymbiont and their continuity has been maintained over time by chloroplast division, a process which is performed by the constriction of a ring-like division...

    Authors: Shin-ya Miyagishima, Yukihiro Kabeya, Chieko Sugita, Mamoru Sugita and Takayuki Fujiwara

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:57

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  8. WD40 domains have been found in a plethora of eukaryotic proteins, acting as scaffolding molecules assisting proper activity of other proteins, and are involved in multi-cellular processes. They comprise sever...

    Authors: Emma W Gachomo, Jose C Jimenez-Lopez, Lyla Jno Baptiste and Simeon O Kotchoni

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:37

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  9. In the model single-cell C4 plant Bienertia sinuspersici, chloroplast- and nuclear-encoded photosynthetic enzymes, characteristically confined to either bundle sheath or mesophyll cells in Kranz-type C4 leaves, a...

    Authors: Josh Rosnow, Pradeep Yerramsetty, James O Berry, Thomas W Okita and Gerald E Edwards

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:34

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  10. Cytokinins control numerous plant developmental processes, including meristem formation and activity, nutrient distribution, senescence timing and responses to both the abiotic and biotic environments. Cytokin...

    Authors: Jasmina Kurepa, Yan Li, Sharyn E Perry and Jan A Smalle

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:28

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  11. The elongating maize internode represents a useful system for following development of cell walls in vegetative cells in the Poaceae family. Elongating internodes can be divided into four developmental zones, ...

    Authors: Qisen Zhang, Roshan Cheetamun, Kanwarpal S Dhugga, J Antoni Rafalski, Scott V Tingey, Neil J Shirley, Jillian Taylor, Kevin Hayes, Mary Beatty, Antony Bacic, Rachel A Burton and Geoffrey B Fincher

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2014 14:27

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  12. In plants, a complex cell wall protects cells and defines their shape. Cellulose fibrils form a multilayered network inside the cell-wall matrix that plays a direct role in controlling cell expansion. Resolvin...

    Authors: Johannes Liesche, Iwona Ziomkiewicz and Alexander Schulz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:226

    Content type: Methodology article

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  13. Although it is known that CLAVATA3 (CLV3) acts as 12- and/or 13-amino acid (AA) secreted peptides to regulate the number of stem cells in shoot apical meristems (SAMs), how functional CLV3 peptides are generat...

    Authors: Ting-Ting Xu, Xiu-Fen Song, Shi-Chao Ren and Chun-Ming Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:225

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  14. Fragaria vesca, a diploid strawberry species commonly known as the alpine or woodland strawberry, is a versatile experimental plant system and an emerging model for the Rosaceae family. An ancestral F. vesca geno...

    Authors: Omar Darwish, Janet P Slovin, Chunying Kang, Courtney A Hollender, Aviva Geretz, Sam Houston, Zhongchi Liu and Nadim W Alkharouf

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:223

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  15. DAYSLEEPER is a domesticated transposase that is essential for development in Arabidopsis thaliana [Nature, 436:282–284, 2005]. It is derived from a hAT-superfamily transposon and contains many of the features fo...

    Authors: Marijn Knip, Steven Hiemstra, Afke Sietsma, Marina Castelein, Sylvia de Pater and Paul Hooykaas

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:211

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  16. The essential sulfur-containing amino acid methionine plays a vital role in plant metabolism and human nutrition. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the regulatory role of the first committed enzyme in the m...

    Authors: Ifat Matityahu, Itamar Godo, Yael Hacham and Rachel Amir

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:206

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  17. Plant nuclei superficially resemble animal and fungal nuclei, but the machinery and processes that underlie nuclear organization in these eukaryotic lineages appear to be evolutionarily distinct. Among the can...

    Authors: Haiyi Wang, Travis A Dittmer and Eric J Richards

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:200

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  18. PIN-FORMED (PIN) efflux carriers contribute to polar auxin transport and plant development by exhibiting dynamic and diverse asymmetrical localization patterns in the plasma membrane (PM). Phosphorylation of t...

    Authors: Daisuke Sasayama, Anindya Ganguly, Minho Park and Hyung-Taeg Cho

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:189

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  19. Bidirectional promoters are common in genomes but under-studied experimentally, particularly in plants. We describe a targeted identification and selection of a subset of putative bidirectional promoters to id...

    Authors: Sofia Kourmpetli, Kate Lee, Rachel Hemsley, Pascale Rossignol, Thaleia Papageorgiou and Sinéad Drea

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:187

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  20. Epigenetic regulation is necessary for maintaining gene expression patterns in multicellular organisms. The Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins form several complexes with important and deeply conserved epigenetic f...

    Authors: Emily J Gleason and Elena M Kramer

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:185

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  21. Sucrose transporters (SUTs) play important roles in regulating the translocation of assimilates from source to sink tissues. Identification and characterization of new SUTs in economically important crops such as...

    Authors: Kirandeep K Deol, Shalini Mukherjee, Feng Gao, Anita Brûlé-Babel, Claudio Stasolla and Belay T Ayele

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:181

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  22. Epigenetic factors such as DNA methylation and histone modifications regulate a wide range of processes in plant development. Cytosine methylation and demethylation exist in a dynamic balance and have been ass...

    Authors: Aliki Kapazoglou, Vicky Drosou, Anagnostis Argiriou and Athanasios S Tsaftaris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:172

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  23. Cortical microtubules form a dynamic network and continuously undergo shrinking (catastrophe), pausing and rebuilding (rescue). The advantage of such a dynamic system is that it may mediate appropriate respons...

    Authors: Eveline Jacques, Jean-Pierre Verbelen and Kris Vissenberg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:163

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  24. Leaves are determinate organs; hence, precise control of cell proliferation and post-mitotic cell expansion is essential for their growth. A defect in cell proliferation often triggers enhanced post-mitotic ce...

    Authors: Kensuke Kawade, Gorou Horiguchi, Naoko Ishikawa, Masami Yokota Hirai and Hirokazu Tsukaya

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:143

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  25. Translationally controlled tumour protein (TCTP), a well known protein of the animal kingdom, was shown to be a Ca2+-binding protein with important functions in many different cellular processes (e.g. protection ...

    Authors: Marion Christine Hoepflinger, Johannes Reitsamer, Anja Maria Geretschlaeger, Norbert Mehlmer and Raimund Tenhaken

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:135

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  26. Cellulose is an integral component of the plant cell wall and accounts for approximately forty percent of total plant biomass but understanding its mechanism of synthesis remains elusive. CELLULOSE SYNTHASE A ...

    Authors: Pubudu P Handakumbura, Dominick A Matos, Karen S Osmont, Michael J Harrington, Kyuyoung Heo, Kabindra Kafle, Seong H Kim, Tobias I Baskin and Samuel P Hazen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:131

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  27. In crops, inflorescence complexity and the shape and size of the seed are among the most important characters that influence yield. For example, rice panicles vary considerably in the number and order of branc...

    Authors: Faroq AL-Tam, Helene Adam, António dos Anjos, Mathias Lorieux, Pierre Larmande, Alain Ghesquière, Stefan Jouannic and Hamid Reza Shahbazkia

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:122

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  28. As one of the fastest-growing lignocellulose-abundant plants on Earth, bamboos can reach their final height quickly due to the expansion of individual internodes already present in the buds; however, the molec...

    Authors: Cai-yun He, Kai Cui, Jian-guo Zhang, Ai-guo Duan and Yan-fei Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:119

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  29. Among the many commercial opportunities afforded by somatic embryogenesis (SE), it is the ability to clonally propagate individual plants with rare or elite traits that has some of the most significant implica...

    Authors: Robert G Rutledge, Don Stewart, Sébastien Caron, Cathy Overton, Bryan Boyle, John MacKay and Krystyna Klimaszewska

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:116

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  30. Type II NAD(PH) dehydrogenases are located on the inner mitochondrial membrane of plants, fungi, protists and some primitive animals. However, recent observations have been made which identify several Arabidop...

    Authors: Lin Xu, Simon R Law, Monika W Murcha, James Whelan and Chris Carrie

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:100

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  31. Although a number of leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase-encoding genes (LRR-RLKs) have been identified in plants, a functional role has been determined for only a few. Recent studies have demonstrated that ...

    Authors: Jiehua Wang, Melis Kucukoglu, Linbin Zhang, Peng Chen, Daniel Decker, Ove Nilsson, Brian Jones, Göran Sandberg and Bo Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:94

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  32. Cytosine DNA methylation (5mC) is an epigenetic modification that is important to genome stability and regulation of gene expression. Perturbations of 5mC have been implicated as a cause of phenotypic variatio...

    Authors: Kelly Vining, Kyle R Pomraning, Larry J Wilhelm, Cathleen Ma, Matteo Pellegrini, Yanming Di, Todd C Mockler, Michael Freitag and Steven H Strauss

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:92

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  33. Intracellular configuration is an important feature of cell status. Recent advances in microscopic imaging techniques allow us to easily obtain a large number of microscopic images of intracellular structures....

    Authors: Takumi Higaki, Natsumaro Kutsuna and Seiichiro Hasezawa

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:81

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  34. Thaxtomin A (TA) is a phytotoxin produced by plant pathogenic Streptomyces spp. responsible for potato common scab. TA inhibits cellulose biosynthesis in expanding plant tissues and is essential for disease induc...

    Authors: Robert S Tegg, Sergey N Shabala, Tracey A Cuin, Noel W Davies and Calum R Wilson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:76

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  35. Neuroblastoma Amplified Gene (NAG) was identified as a gene co-amplified with the N-myc gene, whose genomic amplification correlates with poor prognosis of neuroblastoma. Later it was found that NAG is localized ...

    Authors: Jae-Yong Lee, Sujon Sarowar, Hee Seung Kim, Hyeran Kim, Inhwan Hwang, Young Jin Kim and Hyun-Sook Pai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:69

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  36. Constitutive expression of Vitis vinifera polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein 1 (Vvpgip1) has been shown to protect tobacco plants against Botrytis cinerea. Evidence points to additional roles for VvPGIP1, beyon...

    Authors: Eric Nguema-Ona, John P Moore, Alexandra D Fagerström, Jonatan U Fangel, William GT Willats, Annatjie Hugo and Melané A Vivier

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:46

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  37. Detachment of plant organs occurs in abscission zones (AZs). During plant growth, the AZ forms, but does not develop further until the cells perceive abscission-promoting signals and initiate detachment. Upon ...

    Authors: Toshitsugu Nakano, Masaki Fujisawa, Yoko Shima and Yasuhiro Ito

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:40

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  38. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes a homologue of the full-length bacteriophage T7 gp4 protein, which is also homologous to the eukaryotic Twinkle protein. While the phage protein has both DNA primase and DN...

    Authors: Joann Diray-Arce, Bin Liu, John D Cupp, Travis Hunt and Brent L Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:36

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  39. Abundance and distribution of the plant hormone auxin play important roles in plant development. Besides other metabolic processes, various auxin carriers control the cellular level of active auxin and, hence,...

    Authors: Elke Barbez, Martina Laňková, Markéta Pařezová, Alexis Maizel, Eva Zažímalová, Jan Petrášek, Jiří Friml and Jürgen Kleine-Vehn

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:20

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  40. During plant tissue morphogenesis cells have to coordinate their behavior to allow the generation of the size, shape and cellular patterns that distinguish an organ. Despite impressive progress the underlying ...

    Authors: Yang Bai, Prasad Vaddepalli, Lynette Fulton, Hemal Bhasin, Martin Hülskamp and Kay Schneitz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:16

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  41. The transitions from juvenile to adult and adult to reproductive phases of growth are important stages in the life cycle of plants. The regulators of these transitions include miRNAs, in particular miR156 and ...

    Authors: Julien Curaba, Mark Talbot, Zhongyi Li and Chris Helliwell

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:6

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  42. The coordination of growth within a tissue layer is of critical importance for tissue morphogenesis. For example, cells within the epidermis undergo stereotypic cell divisions that are oriented along the plane...

    Authors: Balaji Enugutti and Kay Schneitz

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:2

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  43. Ethylene production and signalling play an important role in somatic embryogenesis, especially for species that are recalcitrant in in vitro culture. The AP2/ERF superfamily has been identified and classified in

    Authors: Piyanuch Piyatrakul, Riza-Arief Putranto, Florence Martin, Maryannick Rio, Florence Dessailly, Julie Leclercq, Jean-François Dufayard, Ludovic Lardet and Pascal Montoro

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:244

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  44. In plants, the multistep phosphorelay signaling pathway mediates responses to environmental factors and plant hormones. This system is composed of three successive partners: hybrid Histidine-aspartate Kinases ...

    Authors: Lucie Bertheau, Françoise Chefdor, Grégory Guirimand, Vincent Courdavault, Christiane Depierreux, Domenico Morabito, Franck Brignolas, François Héricourt and Sabine Carpin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:241

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  45. MicroRNAs are a class of small, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression by binding target mRNA, which leads to cleavage or translational inhibition. The NAC proteins, which include NAM, ATAF, and CUC, ar...

    Authors: Jing Li, Guanghui Guo, Weiwei Guo, Ganggang Guo, Dan Tong, Zhongfu Ni, Qixin Sun and Yingyin Yao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:220

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  46. The INNER NO OUTER (INO) gene, which encodes a YABBY-type transcription factor, specifies and promotes the growth of the outer integument of the ovule in Arabidopsis. INO expression is limited to the abaxial cell...

    Authors: Marissa K Simon, Luis A Williams, Kristina Brady-Passerini, Ryan H Brown and Charles S Gasser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:214

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  47. Homeodomain transcription factors play critical roles in metazoan development. BELLRINGER (BLR), one such transcription factor, is involved in diverse developmental processes in Arabidopsis, acting in vascular di...

    Authors: J Peter Etchells, Lucy Moore, Wen Zhi Jiang, Helen Prescott, Richard Capper, Nigel J Saunders, Anuj M Bhatt and Hugh G Dickinson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:212

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