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VP1 regulates intra-kernel protein reallocation (Plant Cell)

Maize kernels have a triploid endosperm and a diploid embryo. Storage reserves move from the endosperm to the embryo as it grows. Mutants have been identified with abnormal embryos but normal endosperms, although usually a defective endosperm prevents normal embryo formation. Here Zheng and Li et al.…

Small RNA Pathway Acting in the Father Controls Seed Abortion

Satyaki and Mary Gehring uncover the mechanism underlying interploidy seed abortion, challenging previous models of dosage sensitivity in endosperm. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00047 By PRV Satyaki (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research) and Mary Gehring (Whitehead Institute for…

New player in plant DNA damage repair and seed development

Diaz et al. characterize NSE4A subunit of SMC5/6 complex and demonstrate that it is important for maintaining genome stability and normal seed development. The Plant Cell (2019).  https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00043 By M. Díaz, P. Pecinkova, A. Nowicka, C. Baroux, T. Sakamoto, P.Y. Gandha, H. Jeřábková,…

High-temporal-resolution Transcriptome Landscape of Early Maize Seed Development

https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00961  Yi et al. describe a high-temporal-resolution transcriptome landscape of early maize seed development.  By Fei Yi, Wei Gu, and Jinsheng Lai, State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology and National Maize Improvement Center, Department of Plant Genetics and…