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, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 277–284 | Cite as

Recent advances in molecular basis for strigolactone action

  • Ruifeng Yao
  • Jiayang Li
  • Daoxin XieEmail author


Strigolactones (SLs) are a very special class of plant hormones, which act as endogenous signals to regulate shoot branching in plants, and also serve as rhizosphere signals to regulate interactions of host plants with heterologous organisms such as symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and parasitic weeds. In this short review, we give a brief description of novel discoveries in SL biosynthesis pathway, and mainly summarize the recent advances in SL perception and signal transduction.


plant hormone strigolactone shoot branching perception receptor signal transduction repressor transcription factor 


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The work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (2016YFA0500501, 2016YFD0101800), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31630085, 91635301) and the grant from the China Association for Science and Technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tsinghua-Peking Joint Center for Life Sciences, and MOE Key Laboratory of Bioinformatics, School of Life SciencesTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Genetics and Developmental BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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