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Trends Genet. 1995 Sep;11(9):344-8.

Extracellular matrix and pattern in plant embryos: on the lookout for developmental information.

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Marine Biological Association, The Laboratory, Plymouth, UK.

Abstract

Cells of early plant embryos are totipotent yet follow different predetermined developmental pathways, producing embryos with well-defined autonomously developing tissues. Evidence is accumulating from a few model systems that information maintaining the determined state of a particular cell type is contained in a position-dependent manner in the extracellular matrix. This information can be released to signal back to the cell, thus controlling patterns of gene expression and influencing cell fate.

PMID:
7482785
DOI:
10.1016/s0168-9525(00)89104-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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