Mechanisms of plant cell division

Müller S (2015)

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Review article

Publication year: 2015



Book Volume: 4

Pages Range: 391-405

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1002/wdev.186


Plant cells are confined by a network of cellulosic walls that imposes rigid control over the selection of division plane orientations, crucial for morphogenesis and genetically regulated. While in animal cells and yeast, the actin cytoskeleton is instrumental in the execution of cytokinesis, in plant cells the microtubule cytoskeleton is taking the lead in spatially controlling and executing cytokinesis by the formation of two unique, plant-specific arrays, the preprophase band (PPB) and the phragmoplast. The formation of microtubule arrays in plant cells is contingent on acentrosomal microtubule nucleation. At the onset of mitosis, the PPB defines the plane of cell division where the partitioning cell wall is later constructed by the cytokinetic phragmoplast, imposing a spatio-temporal relationship between the two processes. Current research progress in the field of plant cell division focuses on identifying and tying the links between early and late events in spatial control of cytokinesis and how microtubule array formation is regulated in plant cells. (C) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Müller, S. (2015). Mechanisms of plant cell division. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology, 4(4), 391-405.


Müller, Sabine. "Mechanisms of plant cell division." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Developmental Biology 4.4 (2015): 391-405.

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