Journal Article

Peptide Signaling in Pollen–Pistil Interactions

Tetsuya Higashiyama

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 51, issue 2, pages 177-189
Published in print February 2010 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online January 2010 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:
Peptide Signaling in Pollen–Pistil Interactions

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Plant fertilization is achieved through the involvement of various pollen–pistil interactions. Self-/non-self-recognition in pollination is important to avoid inbreeding, and directional and sustainable control of pollen tube growth is critical for the pollen tube to deliver male germ cells. Recently, various secreted peptides (polypeptides) have been reported to be involved in cell–cell communication of pollen–pistil interactions. These include determinants of self-incompatibility, factors for pollen germination and tube growth, and pollen tube attractants. Interestingly, many of them are cysteine-rich peptides/polypeptides (CRPs). In this review, I focus on the peptides involved in pollen–pistil interactions and discuss properties of peptide signaling in each step from pollination to fertilization.

Keywords: Attractants; Peptides; Pollen–pistil interactions; Pollen tube guidance; Pollen tube growth; Self-incompatibility

Journal Article.  8247 words.  Illustrated.

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

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