Control of division and differentiation of plant stem cells and their derivatives

Jeroen Nieuwland, Simon Scofield, James A H Murray

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The core mechanism of the plant cell cycle is conserved with all other eukaryotes but several aspects are unique to plant cells. Key characteristics of plant development include indeterminate growth and repetitive organogenesis derived from stem cell pools and they may explain the existence of the high number of cell cycle regulators in plants. In this review, we give an overview of the plant cell cycle and its regulatory components. Furthermore, we discuss the cell cycle aspects of plant stem cell maintenance and how the cell cycle relates to cellular differentiation during development. We exemplify this transition by focusing on organ initiation in the shoot.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1134-42
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Arabidopsis
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Division
  • Cyclins
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Meristem
  • Models, Biological
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Plants
  • Stem Cells


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