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Sexual reproduction in higher plants I: fertilization and the initiation of zygotic program.
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PMID:  18713396     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sexual plant reproduction is a critical developmental step in the life cycle of higher plants, to allow maternal and paternal genes to be transmitted in a highly regulated manner to the next generation. During evolution, a whole set of signal transduction machinery is developed by plants to ensure an error-free recognition between male and female gametes and initiation of zygotic program. In the past few years, the molecular machineries underlying this biological process have been elucidated, particularly on the importance of synergid cells in pollen tube guidance, the Ca(++) spike as the immediate response of fertilization and the epigenetic regulation of parental gene expressions in early zygotic embryogenesis. This review outlines the most recent development in this area.
Yong-Feng Fan; Li Jiang; Hua-Qin Gong; Chun-Ming Liu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of integrative plant biology     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1744-7909     ISO Abbreviation:  J Integr Plant Biol     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-20     Completed Date:  2008-11-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101250502     Medline TA:  J Integr Plant Biol     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  860-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Key Laboratory of Photosynthesis and Environmental Molecular Physiology, Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China.
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MeSH Terms
Fertilization / physiology*
Flowers / cytology
Plants / embryology*
Pollen Tube / cytology,  metabolism
Zygote / growth & development*

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