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Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2008 Dec;19(6):560-73. doi: 10.1016/j.semcdb.2008.07.015. Epub 2008 Jul 30.

The impact of chromatin regulation on the floral transition.

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  • 1Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Department Plant Developmental Biology, Carl von Linné Weg 10, 50829 Köln, Germany.


Transcription in eukaryotes is regulated by many enzymes that influence the nuclear organization of DNA in chromatin. Several of these enzymes regulate histone modifications. These modifications function as a platform for assembly of protein complexes that influence chromatin structure. Dynamic changes between chromatin states that facilitate or inhibit transcription are important in the transcriptional regulation of pathways controlling floral induction in response to environmental and developmental signals. This review focuses on the mechanistic aspects of histone modifications and chromatin changes at flowering-time genes and how these relate to the initiation of flowering.

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