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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2009 Feb;12(1):87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2008.09.001. Epub 2008 Oct 19.

The nuclear pore and plant development.

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Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology, Plant Biotechnology Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.


All macromolecules that traffic between the nucleus and the cytoplasm traverse the nuclear pore. While yeast and mammalian nuclear pore structure and function have recently been substantially refined, our understanding of the plant nuclear pore is still far from comprehensive. Nevertheless, a number of nuclear pore and nucleocytoplasmic trafficking components have recently been identified as required for diverse developmental and signaling pathways. In addition, some aspects of the nuclear pore composition itself now appear under developmental control and nuclear pore components have recently surfaced as novel players in plant cytokinesis. Here, we review these new findings in context and attempt to correlate molecular functions with developmental processes.

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