Intercellular communication during plant development.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Multicellular organisms depend on cell-to-cell communication to coordinate both development and environmental responses across diverse cell types. Intercellular signaling is particularly critical in plants because development is primarily postembryonic and continuous over a plant's life span. Additionally, development is impacted by restrictions imposed by a sessile lifestyle and limitations on relative cell positions. Many non-cell-autonomous signaling mechanisms are known to function in plant development, including those involving receptor kinases, small peptides, and mobile transcription factors. In this review, we focus on recent findings that highlight novel mechanisms in intercellular signaling during development. New details of small RNA movement, including microRNA movement, are discussed, as well as protein movement and distribution of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in ROS signaling. Finally, a novel temporal mechanism for lateral root positioning and the implications for intercellular signaling are considered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Van Norman, JM; Breakfield, NW; Benfey, PN

Published Date

  • March 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 855 - 864

PubMed ID

  • 21386031

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3082268

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-298X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-4651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1105/tpc.111.082982


  • eng