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Plant Cell. 2011 Apr;23(4):1219-30. doi: 10.1105/tpc.111.084475. Epub 2011 Apr 19.

Brassinosteroid signal transduction: from receptor kinase activation to transcriptional networks regulating plant development.

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Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, USA.


Brassinosteroid (BR) signal transduction research has progressed rapidly from the initial discovery of the BR receptor to a complete definition of the basic molecular components required to relay the BR signal from perception by receptor kinases at the cell surface to activation of a small family of transcription factors that regulate the expression of more than a thousand genes in a BR-dependent manner. These mechanistic advances have helped answer the intriguing question of how a single molecule, such as a hormone, can have dramatic pleiotropic effects on a broad range of diverse developmental pathways and have shed light on how BRs interact with other plant hormones and environmental cues to shape the growth of the whole plant. This review summarizes the current state of BR signal transduction research and then examines recent articles uncovering gene regulatory networks through which BR influences both vegetative and reproductive development.

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