Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (4): 565-574.DOI: 10.11983/CBB15137

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The Updated Functional Study of WOX Protein Family in Regulating Stem Cell Development

Yanjie Yu, Dabing Zhang, Zheng Yuan*   

  1. School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
  • Received:2015-08-03 Accepted:2015-10-13 Online:2016-07-01 Published:2016-08-05
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The WUSCHEL RELATED-HOMEOBOX (WOX) protein family consists of plant-specific transcription factors and plays an important role in embryonic patterning, stem-cell maintenance and organogenesis. As one of key regulators in stem-cell maintenance, WOX genes regulate the development of shoot apical meristem, root apical meristem and vascular meristem in a similar and specific regulatory network. Here, we reviewed the progress in research of the molecular mechanism of WOX family in regulating stem cell development, especially by comparing their function in Arabidopsis and rice.