Identification of genes expressed in the angiosperm female gametophyte

Gary N. Drews, Dongfang Wang, Joshua G. Steffen, Karen S. Schumaker, Ramin Yadegari

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Until recently, identification of gene regulatory networks controlling the development of the angiosperm female gametophyte has presented a significant challenge to the plant biology community. The angiosperm female gametophyte is fairly inaccessible because it is a highly reduced structure relative to the sporophyte and is embedded within multiple layers of the sporophytic tissue of the ovule. Moreover, although mutations affecting the female gametophyte can be readily isolated, their analysis can be difficult because most affect genes involved in basic cellular processes that are also required in the diploid sporophyte. In recent years, expression-based approaches in multiple species have begun to uncover gene sets expressed in specific female gametophyte cells as a means of identifying regulatory networks controlling cell differentiation in the female gametophyte. Here, recent efforts to identify and analyse gene expression programmes in the Arabidopsis female gametophyte are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1593-1599
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Angiosperms
  • Arabidopsis
  • cell differentiation
  • cell identity
  • central cell
  • female gametophyte
  • gene expression
  • gene networks
  • synergid cell
  • transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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