Review: Programmed Cell Death in Development and Disease


Programmed cell death (PCD) is an active process that occurs as part of normal development and also contributes to defense against pathogens. While there are many similarities in developmental PCD (dPCD) and pathogen-triggered PCD (pPCD), there are also differences. Huysmans et al. review and contrast these two types of PCD. A key conclusion is that “it is still unclear whether a common core machinery exists” between them. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 10.1016/j.pbi.2016.11.005