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Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2005;56:281-99.

Cytokinesis in higher plants.

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ZMBP, Entwicklungsgenetik, Universität Tübingen, 72076 Tübingen, Germany.


Cytokinesis partitions the cytoplasm between two or more nuclei. In higher plants, cytokinesis is initiated by cytoskeleton-assisted targeted delivery of membrane vesicles to the plane of cell division, followed by local membrane fusion to generate tubulo-vesicular networks. This initial phase of cytokinesis is essentially the same in diverse modes of plant cytokinesis whereas the subsequent transformation of the tubulo-vesicular networks into the partitioning membrane may be different between systems. This review focuses on membrane and cytoskeleton dynamics in cell plate formation and expansion during somatic cytokinesis.

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