Arabidopsis WIH1 and WIH2 Genes Act in the Transition from Somatic to Reproductive Cell Fate

@article{Lieber2011ArabidopsisWA,
  title={Arabidopsis WIH1 and WIH2 Genes Act in the Transition from Somatic to Reproductive Cell Fate},
  author={Diana Lieber and Jorge Lora and Sandra G. Schrempp and Michael Lenhard and Thomas Laux},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={21},
  pages={1009-1017}
}
BACKGROUND Unlike animals, higher plants do not establish a germ line in embryo development but form haploid germ cells from diploid somatic cells late in their life cycle. However, despite its prime importance, little is known about how this transition is regulated. RESULTS Here, we show that the WUSCHEL (WUS) gene, initially identified as a stem cell regulator in the shoot meristem, is required for megasporogenesis and thus ultimately for the formation of female generative cells. WUS… CONTINUE READING

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