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J Integr Plant Biol. 2018 Dec 21. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12765. [Epub ahead of print]

Peroxisomes in plant reproduction and seed-related development.

Pan R1, Liu J1, Hu J2,3.

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Seed Science Center, Institute of Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.
MSU-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
Plant Biology Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.


Peroxisomes are small multi-functional organelles essential for plant development and growth. Plant peroxisomes play various physiological roles, including phytohormone biosynthesis, lipid catabolism, reactive oxygen species metabolism and many others. Mutant analysis demonstrated key roles for peroxisomes in plant reproduction, seed development and germination and post-germinative seedling establishment; however, the underlying mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. This review summarizes findings that reveal the importance and complexity of the role of peroxisomes in the pertinent processes. The β-oxidation pathway plays a central role, whereas other peroxisomal pathways are also involved. Understanding the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of these peroxisomal functions will be instrumental to the improvement of crop plants.


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