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

• Invited Expert Reviews • Previous Articles     Next Articles

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
  • About author:*Correspondening author: Tel: +1 865 974 8383; Fax: +1 865 974 6306 E-mail: eshpak@utk.edu


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

Editorial Office, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Institute of Botany, CAS
No. 20 Nanxincun, Xiangshan, Beijing 100093, China
Tel: +86 10 6283 6133 Fax: +86 10 8259 2636 E-mail: jipb@ibcas.ac.cn
Copyright © 2022 by the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences
Online ISSN: 1744-7909 Print ISSN: 1672-9072 CN: 11-5067/Q