Retinoblastoma proteins in plants

Retinoblastoma proteins in plants The retinoblastoma protein Rb is part of a conserved pathway that controls the activation of cell division in animals. Rb represses cell cycle transcription factors of the E2F family, and thereby prevents uncontrolled cell proliferation. Rb itself is inactivated when phosphorylated by cyclin-dependent kinases, and the D-type cyclin kinases are particularly important in this process during the reactivation of cell division in quiescent cells. In addition, Rb has important developmental roles in controlling the onset of cellular differentiation in a number of cell types. The recent discovery in plants of both Rb proteins and other components of the Rb pathway suggests that, far from being restricted to the animal kingdom, Rb may have a conserved role in allowing multicellular organisms to develop complex body plans consisting of many different cell types. This review assesses the potential roles of Rb proteins in plant cell cycle control and development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Retinoblastoma proteins in plants

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
ISSN
0167-4412
eISSN
1573-5028
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1006398232003
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Abstract

The retinoblastoma protein Rb is part of a conserved pathway that controls the activation of cell division in animals. Rb represses cell cycle transcription factors of the E2F family, and thereby prevents uncontrolled cell proliferation. Rb itself is inactivated when phosphorylated by cyclin-dependent kinases, and the D-type cyclin kinases are particularly important in this process during the reactivation of cell division in quiescent cells. In addition, Rb has important developmental roles in controlling the onset of cellular differentiation in a number of cell types. The recent discovery in plants of both Rb proteins and other components of the Rb pathway suggests that, far from being restricted to the animal kingdom, Rb may have a conserved role in allowing multicellular organisms to develop complex body plans consisting of many different cell types. This review assesses the potential roles of Rb proteins in plant cell cycle control and development.

Journal

Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 16, 2004

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