J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2013, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (12): 1224-1237.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12088

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Notes from the Underground: Receptor-Like Kinases in Arabidopsis Root Development

Michael P. Wierzba1 and Frans E. Tax1,2*   

  1. 1Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
    2School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Received:2013-04-19 Accepted:2013-06-04 Published:2013-12-01
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During plant development, the frequency and context of cell division must be controlled, and cells must differentiate properly to perform their mature functions. In addition, stem cell niches need to be maintained as a reservoir for new cells. All of these processes require intercellular signaling, whether it is a cell relaying its position to other cells, or more mature cells signaling to the stem cell niche to regulate the rate of growth. Receptor-like kinases have emerged as a major component in these diverse roles, especially within the Arabidopsis root. In this review, the functions of receptor-like kinase signaling in regulating Arabidopsis root development will be examined in the areas of root apical meristem maintenance, regulation of epidermal cell fate, lateral root development and vascular differentiation.

Wierzba MP, Tax FE (2013) Notes from the underground: Receptor‐like kinases in Arabidopsis root development. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 55(12), 1224–1237.

Key words: Lateral root development, receptor-like kinases, root apical meristem, root epidermal patterning, vascular development

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