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Author(s): Pinto, SC
Mendes, MA
Coimbra, S
Tucker, MR
Title: Revisiting the Female Germline and Its Expanding Toolbox
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: The Arabidopsis thaliana ovule arises as a female reproductive organ composed solely of somatic diploid cells. Among them, one cell will acquire a unique identity and initiate female germline development. In this review we explore the complex network that facilitates differentiation of this single cell, and consider how it becomes committed to a distinct developmental program. We highlight recent progress towards understanding the role of intercellular communication, cell competency, and cell-cycle regulation in the ovule primordium, and we discuss the possibility that distinct pathways restrict germline development at different stages. Importantly, these recent findings suggest a renaissance in plant ovule research, restoring the female germline as an attractive model to study cell communication and cell fate establishment in multicellular organs.
Document Type: Outra Publicação em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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