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Development and cell biology

Section edited by Gregory Gambetta

This section considers studies in the development and developmental processes of plants and all aspects of the biology of plant cells.

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  1. Soil salinization and alkalization are among the major agricultural threats that affect crop productivity worldwide, which are increasing day by day with an alarming rate. In recent years, several halophytes h...

    Authors: Yan Cheng, Pan Yang, Lihua Zhao, S. V. G. N. Priyadarshani, Qiao Zhou, Zeyun Li, Weimin Li, Junjie Xiong, Zhibin Lin, Li Li, Xinyu Huang, Jindian Liu, Mohammad Aslam, Heming Zhao, Gang Li, Jinbiao Ma…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:473

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  2. Flesh color is one of the most important traits for the commercial value of peach fruit. To unravel the underlying regulatory network in Prunus mira, we performed an integrated analysis of the transcriptome and m...

    Authors: Hong Ying, Jian Shi, Shanshan Zhang, Gesang Pingcuo, Shuo Wang, Fan Zhao, Yongning Cui and Xiuli Zeng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:463

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  3. Taproot thickening is a complex biological process that is dependent on the coordinated expression of genes controlled by both environmental and developmental factors. Panax notoginseng is an important Chinese me...

    Authors: Xue-Jiao Li, Jian-Li Yang, Bing Hao, Ying-Chun Lu, Zhi-Long Qian, Ying Li, Shuang Ye, Jun-Rong Tang, Mo Chen, Guang-Qiang Long, Yan Zhao, Guang-Hui Zhang, Jun-Wen Chen, Wei Fan and Sheng-Chao Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:451

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  4. Flavonoids have essential roles in flower pigmentation, fibre development and disease resistance in cotton. Previous studies show that accumulation of naringenin in developing cotton fibres significantly affec...

    Authors: Anam Qadir Khan, Zhonghua Li, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Pengcheng Wang, Xianlong Zhang and Lili Tu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:443

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  5. Adventitious root (AR) formation is a critical developmental process in cutting propagation for the horticultural industry. While auxin has been shown to regulate this process, the exact mechanism and details ...

    Authors: Ling Guan, Reuben Tayengwa, Zongming (Max) Cheng, Wendy Ann Peer, Angus S. Murphy and Mizhen Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:435

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  6. The content of stone cells and lignin is one of the key factors affecting the quality of pear fruit. In a previous study, we determined the developmental regularity of stone cells and lignin in ‘Dangshan Su’ p...

    Authors: Xueqiang Su, Yu Zhao, Han Wang, Guohui Li, Xi Cheng, Qing Jin and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:417

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  7. Post-embryonic growth of land plants originates from meristems. Genetic networks in meristems maintain the stem cells and direct acquisition of cell fates. WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX (WOX) transcription factors ...

    Authors: Christopher E. Youngstrom, Lander F. Geadelmann, Erin E. Irish and Chi-Lien Cheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:416

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  8. LEAFY COTYLEDON 2 (LEC2) acts throughout embryo morphogenesis and maturation phase to maintain embryogenic identity. Our previous study stated that Arabidopsis thaliana LEC2 (AtLEC2) driven by glucocorticoid rece...

    Authors: Ke Li, Juan Wang, Chuanliang Liu, Changsheng Li, Jingjing Qiu, Chuanzhi Zhao, Han Xia, Changle Ma, Xingjun Wang and Pengcheng Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:314

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  9. In flowering plants, proper seed development is achieved through the constant interplay of fertilization products, embryo and endosperm, and maternal tissues. Communication between these compartments is suppos...

    Authors: Olivier Coen, Jing Lu, Wenjia Xu, Delphine De Vos, Christine Péchoux, Frédéric Domergue, Damaris Grain, Loïc Lepiniec and Enrico Magnani

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:304

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  10. As the major storage protein in rice seeds, glutelins are synthesized at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) as proglutelins and transported to protein storage vacuoles (PSVs) called PBIIs (Protein body IIs), where...

    Authors: Jianping Zhu, Yulong Ren, Yunlong Wang, Feng Liu, Xuan Teng, Yuanyan Zhang, Erchao Duan, Mingming Wu, Mingsheng Zhong, Yuanyuan Hao, Xiaopin Zhu, Jie Lei, Yongfei Wang, Yanfang Yu, Tian Pan, Yiqun Bao…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:295

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  11. Seed germination, a complex, physiological–morphogenetic process, is a critical stage in the life cycle of plants. Biological changes in germinating seeds have not been investigated in poplar, a model woody pl...

    Authors: Chunpu Qu, Zhuang Zuo, Lina Cao, Jiahuan Huang, Xue Sun, Peng Zhang, Chengjun Yang, Lixin Li, Zhiru Xu and Guanjun Liu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:279

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  12. It has been previously shown that oligo-carrageenan (OC) kappa increases growth, photosynthesis and activities of enzymes involved in basal and secondary metabolisms in Eucalyptus globulus. However, it is not kno...

    Authors: Silvia Saucedo, Alberto González, Melissa Gómez, Rodrigo A. Contreras, Daniel Laporte, Claudio A. Sáez, Gustavo Zúñiga and Alejandra Moenne

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:258

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  13. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), a conserved trimeric ring complex, is loaded onto replication fork through a hetero-pentameric AAA+ ATPase complex termed replication factor C (RFC) to maintain genom...

    Authors: Jie Qian, Yueyue Chen, Yaxing Xu, Xiufeng Zhang, Zhuang Kang, Jinxia Jiao and Jie Zhao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:257

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  14. Even though the roles of pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins are essential in plant organelles, the function of many chloroplast-targeted PPR proteins remains unknown. Here, we characterized the function o...

    Authors: Kwanuk Lee, Su Jung Park, Ji Hoon Han, Young Jeon, Hyun-Sook Pai and Hunseung Kang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:244

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  15. Auxin conjugates are hydrolyzed to release free auxin to ensure defined cellular auxin levels or gradients within tissues for proper development or response to environmental signals. The auxin concentration in...

    Authors: Xin Fu, Zihang Shi, Yun Jiang, Lingling Jiang, Mingfang Qi, Tao Xu and Tianlai Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:233

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  16. Color directly affects fruit quality and consumer preference. In fig syconia, the female flower tissue is contained in a receptacle. Anthocyanin pigmentation of this tissue and the peel differs temporally and ...

    Authors: Ziran Wang, Miaoyu Song, Yunze Li, Shangwu Chen and Huiqin Ma

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:217

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  17. Sea buckthorn is a woody oil crop in which palmitoleic acid (C16:1n7, an omega-7 fatty acid (FA)) contributes approximately 40% of the total FA content in berry pulp (non-seed tissue). However, the molecular m...

    Authors: Jian Ding, Chengjiang Ruan, Wei Du and Ying Guan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:207

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  18. Brassica napus is of substantial economic value for vegetable oil, biofuel, and animal fodder production. The breeding of yellow-seeded B. napus to improve seed quality with higher oil content, improved oil and m...

    Authors: Jinjin Jiang, Shuang Zhu, Yi Yuan, Yue Wang, Lei Zeng, Jacqueline Batley and You-Ping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:203

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  19. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a staple food crop worldwide. Its yield and quality are affected by its tillering pattern and spikelet development. Although many genes involved in the vegetative and reproductive develo...

    Authors: Qigui Jiang, Yindi Zeng, Baiyang Yu, Weijian Cen, Siyuan Lu, Peilong Jia, Xuan Wang, Baoxiang Qin, Zhongquan Cai and Jijing Luo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:200

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  20. Fraxinus hupehensis is an endangered tree species that is endemic to in China; the species has very high commercial value because of its intricate shape and potential to improve and protect the environment. Its s...

    Authors: Qiling Song, Shuiyuan Cheng, Zexiong Chen, Gongping Nie, Feng Xu, Jian Zhang, Mingqin Zhou, Weiwei Zhang, Yongling Liao and Jiabao Ye

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:199

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  21. Lonicera japonica Thunb. flower has been used for the treatment of various diseases for a long time and attracted many studies on its potential effects. Transcription factors (TFs) regulate extensive biological p...

    Authors: Tantan Wang, Bingxian Yang, Qijie Guan, Xi Chen, Zhuoheng Zhong, Wei Huang, Wei Zhu and Jingkui Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:198

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  22. The functional characteristics of SLAC/SLAH family members isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana, poplar, barley and rice have been comprehensively investigated. However, there are no reports regarding SLAC/SLAH fam...

    Authors: Guodong Chen, Li Wang, Qian Chen, Kaijie Qi, Hao Yin, Peng Cao, Chao Tang, Xiao Wu, Shaoling Zhang, Peng Wang and Juyou Wu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:190

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  23. During sexual reproduction, pollen grains land on the stigma, rehydrate and produce pollen tubes that grow through the female transmitting-tract tissue allowing the delivery of the two sperm cells to the ovule...

    Authors: Ferdousse Laggoun, Flavien Dardelle, Jérémy Dehors, Denis Falconet, Azeddine Driouich, Christophe Rochais, Patrick Dallemagne, Arnaud Lehner and Jean-Claude Mollet

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:152

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  24. Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is the sixth most important food crop in the world. The formation and development of storage roots in sweet potato is a highly complicated and genetically programmed process. How...

    Authors: Tingting Dong, Mingku Zhu, Jiawen Yu, Rongpeng Han, Cheng Tang, Tao Xu, Jingran Liu and Zongyun Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:136

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  25. The transmitting tissue of the style is the pathway for pollen tube growth to the ovules and has components that function in recognizing and discriminating appropriate pollen genotypes. In Nicotiana tabacum, the ...

    Authors: Camila M. L. Alves, Andrzej K. Noyszewski and Alan G. Smith

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:118

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  26. Regulation of lignin biosynthesis is known to occur at the level of transcription factors (TFs), of which R2R3-MYB family members have been proposed to play a central role via the AC cis-elements. Despite the imp...

    Authors: Lin Zheng, Yajuan Chen, Dong Ding, Ying Zhou, Liping Ding, Jianhua Wei and Hongzhi Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:97

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  27. Insufficient production of flower buds is an intractable problem in ‘Fuji’ apple orchards. Although cytokinin (CK) promotes flower bud formation in apple trees, little is known about the mechanisms regulating ...

    Authors: Youmei Li, Dong Zhang, Na An, Sheng Fan, Xiya Zuo, Xin Zhang, Lizhi Zhang, Cai Gao, Mingyu Han and Libo Xing

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:93

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  28. Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is a small gaseous molecule that is predominantly produced as an equimolar co-product of ethylene (ET) biosynthesis in plants. The function of ET is of great concern and is well studied;...

    Authors: Lulu Yu, Yang Liu and Fei Xu

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:92

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  29. Previously, we demonstrated that pollen chamber formation (PCF) in G. biloba ovules was a process of programmed cell death (PCD) within the nucellar cells at the micropylar end. However, the signal triggering the...

    Authors: Dahui Li, Di Wu, Shizhou Li, Ning Guo, Junshan Gao, Xu Sun and Yongping Cai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:91

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  30. Cytokinin is a negative regulator of root growth, and a reduction of the cytokinin content or signalling causes the formation a larger root system in model plants, improves their growth under drought and nutri...

    Authors: Erika Nehnevajova, Eswarayya Ramireddy, Andrea Stolz, Maria Gerdemann-Knörck, Ondřej Novák, Miroslav Strnad and Thomas Schmülling

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:83

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  31. Collenchyma cells occur widely in eudicotyledons and provide mechanical support for growing organs. At maturity, the cells are elongated and have thick, non-lignified walls, which in celery contain cellulose a...

    Authors: Da Chen, Laurence D. Melton, Zoran Zujovic and Philip J. Harris

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:81

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  32. The development and ripening of fresh fruits is an important trait for agricultural production and fundamental research. Almost all plant hormones participate in this process. Strigolactones (SLs) are a new cl...

    Authors: Han Wu, Huihui Li, Hong Chen, Qi Qi, Qiangqiang Ding, Juan Xue, Jing Ding, Xiangning Jiang, Xilin Hou and Yi Li

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:73

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  33. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts more than 200 bp in length do not encode proteins. Up to the present, it has been reported that lncRNAs play an essential role in developmental processes through ...

    Authors: Xinxin Wu, Ting Shi, Shahid Iqbal, Yong Zhang, Lin Liu and Zhihong Gao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:64

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  34. Adventitious root (AR) formation is a complex genetic trait, which is controlled by various endogenous and environmental cues. Auxin is known to play a central role in AR formation; however, the mechanisms und...

    Authors: Han Woo Lee, Chuloh Cho, Shashank K. Pandey, Yoona Park, Min-Jung Kim and Jungmook Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:46

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  35. De novo DNA methylation triggered by short interfering RNAs is called RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). Transcriptional gene silencing (TGS) through RdDM can be induced using a viral vector. We have previou...

    Authors: Wataru Matsunaga, Hanako Shimura, Senri Shirakawa, Reika Isoda, Tsuyoshi Inukai, Takeshi Matsumura and Chikara Masuta

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2019 19:24

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  36. Adventitious root formation is an essential physiological process for successful propagation of cuttings in various plant species. Because coniferous species are highly heterozygous, propagation of cuttings is...

    Authors: Yuki Fukuda, Tomonori Hirao, Kentaro Mishima, Mineko Ohira, Yuichiro Hiraoka, Makoto Takahashi and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:201

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  37. C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is one of the three major types of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in maize. Rf4 is a dominant restorer gene for CMS-C and has great value in hybrid maize breeding, but ...

    Authors: Yongming Liu, Gui Wei, Yuanyan Xia, Xiaowei Liu, Jin Tang, Yanli Lu, Hai Lan, Suzhi Zhang, Chuan Li and Moju Cao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:190

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  38. Pollen development is a strictly controlled post-meiotic process during which microspores differentiate into microgametophytes and profound structural and functional changes occur in organelles. Annexin 5 is a...

    Authors: Malgorzata Lichocka, Wojciech Rymaszewski, Karolina Morgiewicz, Izabela Barymow-Filoniuk, Aleksander Chlebowski, Miroslaw Sobczak, Marcus A. Samuel, Elmon Schmelzer, Magdalena Krzymowska and Jacek Hennig

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:183

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  39. Adventitious roots (ARs) are often necessary for plant survival, and essential for successful micropropagation. In Arabidopsis thaliana dark-grown seedlings AR-formation occurs from the hypocotyl and is enhanced ...

    Authors: Laura Fattorini, Bettina Hause, Laurent Gutierrez, Angela Veloccia, Federica Della Rovere, Diego Piacentini, Giuseppina Falasca and Maria Maddalena Altamura

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:182

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  40. Phytochromes are dimeric proteins with critical roles in perceiving day length and the environmental signals that trigger flowering. Night break (NB) and the red to far-red light ratio (R:FR) have been used ex...

    Authors: Kai Cao, Fei Yan, Dawei Xu, Kaiqi Ai, Jie Yu, Encai Bao and Zhirong Zou

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:158

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  41. Flowers open at sunrise and close at sunset, establishing a circadian floral movement rhythm to facilitate pollination as part of reproduction. By the coordination of endogenous factors and environmental stimu...

    Authors: Meiyu Ke, Zhen Gao, Jianqing Chen, Yuting Qiu, Liangsheng Zhang and Xu Chen

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:143

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  42. Pongamia (Millettia pinnata syn. Pongamia pinnata), an oilseed legume species, is emerging as potential feedstock for sustainable biodiesel production. Breeding Pongamia for favorable traits in commercial applica...

    Authors: Jianzi Huang, Xuehong Hao, Ye Jin, Xiaohuan Guo, Qing Shao, Kavitha S. Kumar, Yogesh K. Ahlawat, David E. Harry, Chandrashekhar P. Joshi and Yizhi Zheng

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:140

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  43. Quantitative measurement of actual auxin levels in plant tissue is complimentary to molecular methods measuring the expression of auxin related genes. Current analytical methods to quantify auxin have pushed t...

    Authors: Luz G. Muñoz-Sanhueza, YeonKyeong Lee, Molly Tillmann, Jerry D. Cohen and Anne Kathrine Hvoslef-Eide

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:133

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  44. Lycopene is an important carotenoid pigment in red fruits and vegetables, especially in tomato. Although lycopene biosynthesis and catabolism have been found to be regulated by multiple factors including phyto...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Zhengguo Li, Yun Tu, Wenjing Cheng and Yingwu Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:107

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  45. In mammals, nucleostemin (NS), a nucleolar GTPase, is involved in stem cell proliferation, embryogenesis and ribosome biogenesis. Arabidopsis NUCLEOSTEMIN-LIKE 1 (NSN1) has previously been shown to be essential f...

    Authors: Zhen Wang, Xiaomin Wang, Bo Xie, Zonglie Hong and Qingchuan Yang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:99

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  46. Trichome formation in Arabidopsis is regulated by a MBW complex formed by MYB, bHLH and WD40 transcriptional factors, which can activate GLABRA2 (GL2) and the R3 MYB transcription factor genes. GL2 promotes trich...

    Authors: Na Zhang, Li Yang, Sha Luo, Xutong Wang, Wei Wang, Yuxin Cheng, Hainan Tian, Kaijie Zheng, Ling Cai and Shucai Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:63

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  47. The assembly of protein complexes and compositional lipid patterning act together to endow cells with the plasticity required to maintain compositional heterogeneity with respect to individual proteins. Hence,...

    Authors: Tong Chen, Dongchao Ji and Shiping Tian

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2018 18:43

    Content type: Methodology article

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