Journal Article

Epi-Alleles in Plants: Inheritance of Epigenetic Information over Generations

Tetsuji Kakutani

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 43, issue 10, pages 1106-1111
Published in print October 2002 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online October 2002 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcf131
Epi-Alleles in Plants: Inheritance of Epigenetic Information over Generations

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Epigenetic modification of plant gene and transposon activity, which correlates with their methylation, is often heritable over many generations. Such heritable properties allow conventional genetic linkage analysis to identify the sequences affected in epigenetic variants. Machinery controlling the establishment of the epigenetic state and role of the epigenetic controls in plant development are also discussed.

Keywords: Keywords: DNA methylation — Gene silencing — RNA-directed DNA methylation — RNA interference — Transposon.; Abbreviations: Ac, Activator; BAL, BALL; CMT, CHROMOMETHYLASE; DDM, DECREASE IN DNA METHYLATION; DRM, DOMAIN REARRANGED METHYLTRANSFERASE; En/Spm, Enhancer/Suppressor-mutator; MET, METHYLTRANSFERASE; MOP, MODIFIER OF PARAMUTATION; PAI, PHOSPHORIBOSYLANTHRANILATE ISOMERASE; PTGS, post-transcriptional gene silencing; RdDM, RNA-directed DNA methylation; RNAi, RNA interference; SUP, SUPERMAN; TGS, transcriptional gene silencing; TSI, transcriptionally silent information.

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Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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