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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2018 Feb;41:110-115. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2017.11.002. Epub 2017 Dec 7.

Be my baby: patterning toward plant germ cells.

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Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, 8916-5 Takayama, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan. Electronic address:


In flowering plants, germ cells are formed via tightly coordinated patterning processes that facilitate specification of spore mother cells and meiosis during sporogenesis, as well as functional differentiation of germ cells in gametogenesis. Studies using the conventional Arabidopsis system and the newly emerged bryophyte system have revealed novel interactions between regulatory factors that restrict the number of spore mother cells, and evolutionarily conserved factors that promote germ cell differentiation. This short review summarizes recent advances in our understanding of the cellular events that lead to the formation of germ cells in plants, and highlights questions that remain to be addressed in the field.

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