J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2018, Vol. 60 ›› Issue (9): 841-850.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12663

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Receptor-like protein kinases: Key regulators controlling root hair development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Zhuoyun Wei and Jia Li*   

  1. Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Cell Activities and Stress Adaptations, School of Life Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China


    Email: Jia Li (lijia@lzu.edu.cn)
  • Received:2018-03-14 Accepted:2018-04-27 Online:2018-05-04 Published:2018-09-01


Root hairs are tubular outgrowths specifically differentiated from epidermal cells in a differentiation zone. The formation of root hairs greatly increases the surface area of a root and maximizes its ability to absorb water and inorganic nutrients essential for plant growth and development. Root hair development is strictly regulated by intracellular and intercellular signal communications. Cell surface-localized receptor-like protein kinases (RLKs) have been shown to be important components in these cellular processes. In this review, the functions of a number of key RLKs in regulating Arabidopsis root hair development are discussed, especially those involved in root epidermal cell fate determination and root hair tip growth.

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