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Centromere

Volume 48 of the series Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology pp 153-179

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Structure and Evolution of Plant Centromeres

  • Kiyotaka NagakiAffiliated withResearch Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University
  • , Jason WallingAffiliated withDepartment of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • , Cory HirschAffiliated withDepartment of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • , Jiming JiangAffiliated withDepartment of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison Email author 
  • , Minoru MurataAffiliated withResearch Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University Email author 

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Abstract

Investigations of centromeric DNA and proteins and centromere structures in plants have lagged behind those conducted with yeasts and animals; however, many attractive results have been obtained from plants during this decade. In particular, intensive investigations have been conducted in Arabidopsis and Gramineae species. We will review our understanding of centromeric components, centromere structures, and the evolution of these attributes of centromeres among plants using data mainly from Arabidopsis and Gramineae species.