Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 115–149

A short history of MADS-box genes in plants

Authors

  • Günter Theissen
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Annette Becker
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Alexandra Di Rosa
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Akira Kanno
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Jan T. Kim
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Thomas Münster
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Kai-Uwe Winter
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
  • Heinz Saedler
    • Abteilung Molekulare PflanzengenetikMax-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006332105728

Cite this article as:
Theissen, G., Becker, A., Di Rosa, A. et al. Plant Mol Biol (2000) 42: 115. doi:10.1023/A:1006332105728

Abstract

Evolutionary developmental genetics (evodevotics) is a novel scientific endeavor which assumes that changes in developmental control genes are a major aspect of evolutionary changes in morphology. Understanding the phylogeny of developmental control genes may thus help us to understand the evolution of plant and animal form. The principles of evodevotics are exemplified by outlining the role of MADS-box genes in the evolution of plant reproductive structures. In extant eudicotyledonous flowering plants, MADS-box genes act as homeotic selector genes determining floral organ identity and as floral meristem identity genes. By reviewing current knowledge about MADS-box genes in ferns, gymnosperms and different types of angiosperms, we demonstrate that the phylogeny of MADS-box genes was strongly correlated with the origin and evolution of plant reproductive structures such as ovules and flowers. It seems likely, therefore, that changes in MADS-box gene structure, expression and function have been a major cause for innovations in reproductive development during land plant evolution, such as seed, flower and fruit formation.

angiospermdevelopmentevolutionferngymnospermMADS-box gene

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