Russian Journal of Developmental Biology

, Volume 38, Issue 6, pp 374–382 | Cite as

Mathematical model of auxin distribution in the plant root

  • V. A. Likhoshvai
  • N. A. Omel’yanchuk
  • V. V. Mironova
  • S. I. Fadeev
  • E. D. Mjolsness
  • N. A. Kolchanov
Current Problems of Developmental Biology


Auxin regulation of plant growth and development is mediated by controlled distribution of this hormone and dose-dependent mechanisms of its action. A mathematical model is proposed, which describes auxin distribution in the cell array along the root longitudinal axis in Arabidopsis thaliana. The model qualitatively simulates auxin distribution over the longitudinal axis in intact roots, changes in this distribution at decreased auxin transport rates, and restoration of the auxin distribution pattern with subsequent establishment of new root meristem in the course of root regeneration after the ablation of its tip. The model shows the presence of different auxin distribution patterns over the longitudinal root axis and suggests possible scenarios for root growth and lateral root formation. Biological interpretation of different regimes of model behavior is presented.

Key words

Arabidopsis thaliana development of plant root auxin transport mathematical model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Likhoshvai
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. A. Omel’yanchuk
    • 1
  • V. V. Mironova
    • 1
  • S. I. Fadeev
    • 2
    • 3
  • E. D. Mjolsness
    • 4
  • N. A. Kolchanov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Cytology and GeneticsSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  3. 3.Institute of MathematicsSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  4. 4.Institute of Genomics and BioinformaticsUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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