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Development. 2004 Jun;131(12):2997-3006.

Asymmetric leaf development and blade expansion in Arabidopsis are mediated by KANADI and YABBY activities.

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  • 1Section of Plant Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, USA.


Asymmetric development of plant lateral organs is initiated by a partitioning of organ primordia into distinct domains along their adaxial/abaxial axis. Two primary determinants of abaxial cell fate are members of the KANADI and YABBY gene families. Progressive loss of KANADI activity in loss-of-function mutants results in progressive transformation of abaxial cell types into adaxial ones and a correlated loss of lamina formation. Novel, localized planes of blade expansion occur in some kanadi loss-of-function genotypes and these ectopic lamina outgrowths are YABBY dependent. We propose that the initial asymmetric leaf development is regulated primarily by mutual antagonism between KANADI and PHB-like genes, which is translated into polar YABBY expression. Subsequently, polar YABBY expression contributes both to abaxial cell fate and to abaxial/adaxial juxtaposition-mediated lamina expansion.

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