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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2019 Oct 22;52:149-154. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2019.09.003. [Epub ahead of print]

A single-cell view of tissue regeneration in plants.

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Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia; Novosibirsk State University, LCT&EB, Novosibirsk, 630090, Russia. Electronic address:
Department of Plant Systems Physiology, Institute for Water and Wetland Research, Radboud University, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Department of Biological Sciences and Centre for BioImaging Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 117543, Singapore. Electronic address:


With the development of advanced molecular-genetic and computational technologies it becomes possible to tackle individual cells within a regenerating tissue, to define morphogenetic and cellular changes in space and time by live imaging, to acquire transcriptome status with single-cell RNA sequencing (ScRNA-seq), and to delineate the candidate mechanisms by iterative computational and experimental approaches. Here, we review recent findings and current knowledge on tissue regeneration in plants, focusing on four evolutionarily conserved scenarios that a cell may embark on to facilitate the regeneration of a plant tissue structure lost by injury, namely cell death, division, dedifferentiation, and transdifferentiation. Understanding of these scenarios at single-cell resolution, singularly and in combination, could provide an unprecedented view of tissue regeneration in plants.

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