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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2003 Oct;6(5):507-16.

Using mutant alleles to determine the structure and function of leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases.

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Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1048, USA.


The leucine-rich-repeat class of receptor-like kinase (RLK)-encoding genes represents the largest class of putative receptor-encoding genes in the Arabidopsis genome. The biological functions of several of these genes have been determined through genetic analysis. With dozens of mutant alleles described for various RLKs in Arabidopsis and other plants, comparisons of the mutations found in different receptors, as well as of structural features that are conserved between receptors, can provide insights into the common and/or divergent regulation and functions of these receptors.

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