Male gametic cell-specific gene expression in flowering plants.

  title={Male gametic cell-specific gene expression in flowering plants.},
  author={Hong Xu and I Swoboda and Prem L Bhalla and Mohan B Singh},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={96 5},
The role of the male gamete-the sperm cell-in the process of fertilization is to recognize, adhere to, and fuse with the female gamete. These highly specialized functions are expected to be controlled by activation of a unique set of genes. However, male gametic cells traditionally have been regarded as transcriptionally quiescent because of highly condensed chromatin and a very reduced amount of cytoplasm. Here, we provide evidence for male gamete-specific gene expression in flowering plants… CONTINUE READING


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