Control of female gamete formation by a small RNA pathway in Arabidopsis

  title={Control of female gamete formation by a small RNA pathway in Arabidopsis},
  author={Vianey Olmedo-Monfil and No{\'e} V Dur{\'a}n-Figueroa and Mario Arte{\'a}ga-V{\'a}zquez and Edgar Demesa-Ar{\'e}valo and Daphn{\'e} Autran and Daniel Grimanelli and R. Keith Slotkin and Robert A. Martienssen and Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada},
In the ovules of most sexual flowering plants female gametogenesis is initiated from a single surviving gametic cell, the functional megaspore, formed after meiosis of the somatically derived megaspore mother cell (MMC). Because some mutants and certain sexual species exhibit more than one MMC, and many others are able to form gametes without meiosis (by apomixis), it has been suggested that somatic cells in the ovule are competent to respond to a local signal likely to have an important… CONTINUE READING
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