The evolution of floral homeotic gene function.

  title={The evolution of floral homeotic gene function.},
  author={Vivian F. Irish},
  journal={BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology},
  volume={25 7},
  • Vivian F. Irish
  • Published 2003 in
    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular…
Plant MADS-box genes encode transcriptional regulators that are critical for a number of developmental processes. In the angiosperms (the flowering plants), these include the specification of floral organ identities, flowering time and fruit development. It appears that the MADS box gene family has undergone considerable gene duplication and sequence divergence within the angiosperms. Here I discuss the possibility that these events have allowed the recruitment of these genes to new… CONTINUE READING
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