Stomatal development: a plant's perspective on cell polarity, cell fate transitions and intercellular communication

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5020, USA.
Development (Impact Factor: 6.27). 10/2012; 139(20):3683-92. DOI: 10.1242/dev.080523
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ABSTRACT The plant stomatal lineage manifests features common to many developmental contexts: precursor cells are chosen from an initially equivalent field of cells, undergo asymmetric and self-renewing divisions, communicate among themselves and respond to information from a distance. As we review here, the experimental accessibility of these epidermal lineages, particularly in Arabidopsis, has made stomata a conceptual and technical framework for the study of cell fate, stem cells, and cell polarity in plants.

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