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Cell. 2010 Jan 8;140(1):26-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2009.12.035.

Plant chromatin feels the heat.

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  • Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK. kaf5@le.ac.uk


Temperature is a key environmental signal regulating plant development, but the mechanisms by which plants sense small changes in ambient temperature have remained elusive. Kumar and Wigge (2010) now reveal that eviction of the histone variant H2A.Z from nucleosomes performs a central role in plant thermosensory perception.

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