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Type: Journal article
Title: Revisiting the female germline and its expanding toolbox
Author: Pinto, S.
Mendes, M.
Coimbra, S.
Tucker, M.
Citation: Trends in Plant Science, 2019; 24(5):455-467
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1360-1385
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Sara C. Pinto, Marta A. Mendes, Sílvia Coimbra and Matthew R. Tucker
Abstract: The Arabidopsis thaliana ovule arises as a female reproductive organ composed solely of somatic diploid cells. Among them, one cell will acquire a unique identity and initiate female germline development. In this review we explore the complex network that facilitates differentiation of this single cell, and consider how it becomes committed to a distinct developmental program. We highlight recent progress towards understanding the role of intercellular communication, cell competency, and cell-cycle regulation in the ovule primordium, and we discuss the possibility that distinct pathways restrict germline development at different stages. Importantly, these recent findings suggest a renaissance in plant ovule research, restoring the female germline as an attractive model to study cell communication and cell fate establishment in multicellular organs.
Keywords: Arabidopsis; germline
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030110447
DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.02.003
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