The on and off of floral regulatory genes

Ma, H. (June 1997) The on and off of floral regulatory genes. Cell, 89 (6). pp. 821-4. ISSN 0092-8674 (Print)

DOI: 10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80265-2


The development of a multicellular organism requires the cells to acquire increasingly restricted fates. Regulatory genes are needed to specify cell fates during development in both animals and plants. Many regulatory genes have defined temporal and spatial expression patterns; therefore, these genes are themselves highly regulated. Plant development is also controlled by the environment, and different environments can trigger alternative developmental pathways. One example is that the decision to commence reproductive development in plants is often regulated by day length, which signals seasonal changes. In the small weed Arabidopsis thaliana, long day photoperiods (LD, 16 hr light/8 hr dark) accelerate flowering, compared to short days (SD, 10 hr light/14 hr dark; Martinez-Zapater et al. 1994)

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gene Expression Regulation, Plant Genes, Plant/ genetics
Subjects: organism description > plant > Arabidopsis
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > DNA, RNA structure, function, modification > genes, structure and function > gene expression
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Communities: CSHL labs
Depositing User: Kathleen Darby
Date: 13 June 1997
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 19:51
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 19:51
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