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In flowering plants, a series of cell-cell interactions govern the delivery of sperm to the ovules through precise guidance of pollen tubes. Two Arabidopsis genes, POP2 and POP3, were found that mediate pollen tube guidance and are critical for self-fertility in diploid reproductive cells. The pop2 and pop3 mutations exhibited genetic redundancy:… (More)
Recent work has revealed signaling molecules that control pollination, including small peptides that mediate pollen recognition and glycoproteins that support pollen tube growth. The polarized growth of pollen tubes requires a calcium-mediated signal cascade, and cues derived from the haploid and diploid ovule cells guide pollen tubes to the eggs.
Higher “plants minimize their exposure to pollen from diverse species by precise regulation of flowering time, development of floral organs, and interactions with specific pollinators. These measures do not guarantee success, however, because of the vast quantities of pollen in the environment. Consequently, to ensure that only the appropriate sperm are… (More)
We review the role of the extracellular matrix in transducing environmental signals, focusing on adhesion molecules in plants and animals. Plant reproduction is ideal for investigating cell-cell interactions; recently-describedArabidopsis thaliana mutants defective in cell adhesion during reproduction promise to illuminate unique cell signaling mechanisms.