J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2008, Vol. 50 ›› Issue (7): 816-824.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2008.00701.x

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Cell Fate Switch during In Vitro Plant Organogenesis

Xiang Yu Zhao, Ying Hua Su, Zhi Juan Cheng and Xian Sheng Zhang   

  • Received:2008-04-10 Accepted:2008-04-16 Published:2008-07-10

Abstract: Plant mature cells have the capability to reverse their state of differentiation and produce new organs under cultured conditions. Two phases, dedifferentiation and redifferentiation, are commonly characterized during in vitro organogenesis. In these processes, cells undergo fate switch several times regulated by both extrinsic and intrinsic factors, which are associated with reentry to the cell cycle, the balance between euchromatin and heterochromatin, reprogramming of gene expression, and so forth. This short article reviews the advances in the mechanism of organ regeneration from plant somatic cells in molecular, genomic and epigenetic aspects, aiming to provide important information on the mechanism underlying cell fate switch during in vitro plant organogenesis.

Key words: cell fate, dedifferentiation, plant organogenesis, redifferentiation, regeneration

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