J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2013, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (12): 1238-1250.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12108

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Diverse Roles of ERECTA Family Genes in Plant Development

Elena D. Shpak*   

  1. Department of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  • Received:2013-06-06 Accepted:2013-09-03 Published:2013-12-01
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Abstract:

Multiple receptor-like kinases (RLKs) enable intercellular communication that coordinates growth and development of plant tissues. ERECTA family receptors (ERfs) are an ancient family of leucine-rich repeat RLKs that in Arabidopsis consists of three genes: ERECTA, ERL1, and ERL2. ERfs sense secreted cysteine-rich peptides from the EPF/EPFL family and transmit the signal through a MAP kinase cascade. This review discusses the functions of ERfs in stomata development, in regulation of longitudinal growth of aboveground organs, during reproductive development, and in the shoot apical meristem. In addition the role of ERECTA in plant responses to biotic and abiotic factors is examined.

Shpak ED (2013) Diverse roles of ERECTA family genes in plant development. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 55(12), 1238–1250.

Key words: Arabidopsis, ERECTA, leaf primordium initiation, receptor-like kinase, stomata, vasculature

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