Sexual Plant Reproduction

, Volume 14, Issue 1–2, pp 15–19 | Cite as

MAP kinase signaling during pollen development

  • E. Heberle-Bors
  • Viktor Voronin
  • Alisher Touraev
  • Pilar Sanchez Testillano
  • Maria Carmen Risueño
  • Cathal Wilson

Abstract 

The stereotypical events of pollen grain maturation and its coordinated development with other flower tissues requires the interplay of different signalling pathways in order to ensure efficient fertilisation and, eventually, seed set. In recent years evidence has accumulated that members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) family are expressed in pollen and may function as regulators of both pollen development and germination. In this review we describe what is known about MAP kinases in pollen and discuss their possible function(s) in pollen biology.

Keywords Pollen development Signal transduction MAP kinases 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Heberle-Bors
    • 1
  • Viktor Voronin
    • 1
  • Alisher Touraev
    • 1
  • Pilar Sanchez Testillano
    • 2
  • Maria Carmen Risueño
    • 2
  • Cathal Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Vienna, Dr. Bohrgasse 9, 1030 Vienna, Austria e-mail: erwin@gem.univie.ac.at Fax: +43-1-4277-9546AT
  2. 2.Laboratory of Nuclear Organization during Plant Development, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, CSIC, Velázquez 144, 28006 Madrid, SpainES

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