The logic of communication: Roles for mobile transcription factors in plants

Yuchen Long, Ben Scheres, Ikram Blilou*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mobile transcription factors play many roles in plant development. Here, we compare the use of mobile transcription factors as signals with some canonical signal transduction processes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. After an initial survey, we focus on the SHORT-ROOT pathway in Arabidopsis roots to show that, despite the simplicity of the concept of mobile transcription factor signalling, many lines of evidence reveal a surprising complexity in control mechanisms linked to this process. We argue that these controls bestow precision, robustness, and versatility on mobile transcription factor signalling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1144
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of experimental botany
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymmetric cell division
  • Cell-cell communication
  • Intercellular signalling
  • Mobile transcritption factors
  • Protein movement
  • Regulatory networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science


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