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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Jan;5(1):13-22.

Microtubules and the shape of plants to come.

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Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK. clive.lloyd@bbsrc.ac.uk

Abstract

Plants control the direction of cell expansion as a way of shaping growth. Since their discovery in plants 40 years ago, microtubules have been suspected of forming a template that helps to regulate the direction of growth. The detailed mechanism, however, has been elusive, especially as plants lack a microtubule-organizing centre. Developmental mutants are now beginning to show how microtubules are organized and how this affects plant morphology.

PMID:
14708006
DOI:
10.1038/nrm1277
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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