Context-specific functions of transcription factors controlling plant development: From leaves to flowers

Marcus G. Heisler, Henrik Jönsson, Stephan Wenkel, Kerstin Kaufmann

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    Abstract

    Plant development is regulated by transcription factors that often act in more than one process and stage of development. Yet the molecular mechanisms that govern the functional diversity and specificity of these proteins remains far from understood. Flower development provides an ideal context to study these mechanisms since the development of distinct floral organs depends on similar but distinct combinations of transcriptional regulators. Recent work also highlights the importance of leaf polarity regulators as additional key factors in flower initiation, floral organ morphogenesis, and possibly floral organ positioning. A detailed understanding of how these factors work in combination will enable us to address outstanding questions in flower development including how distinct shapes and positions of floral organs are generated. Experimental approaches and computer-based modeling will be required to characterize gene-regulatory networks at the level of single cells.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102262
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
    Volume69
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Developmental Biology

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