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A Polycomb-group gene regulates homeotic gene expression in Arabidopsis

Goodrich, Justin and Puangsomlee, Preeya and Martin, Marta and Long, Deborah and Meyerowitz, Elliot M. and Coupland, George (1997) A Polycomb-group gene regulates homeotic gene expression in Arabidopsis. Nature, 386 (6620). pp. 44-51. ISSN 0028-0836. doi:10.1038/386044a0.

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Cell fate is determined when the commitment of cells to a particular fate is autonomously maintained, irrespective of their environment. In Drosophila, fate determination is maintained through the action of the Polycomb-group and trithorax-group genes, which are required so that states of homeotic gene activity are inherited through cell division. It is shown here that the CURLY LEAF gene of Arabidopsis is necessary for stable repression of a floral homeotic gene and encodes a protein with homology to the product of the Polycomb-group gene Enhancer of zeste. We suggest that Polycomb-group genes have a similar role in fate determination in plants and animals.

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Additional Information:© 1997 Nature Publishing Group. Received 3 October 1996; accepted 28 January 1997. We thank K. Findlay for Fig. 2d, and R. Jones, E. Coen and our colleagues for discussion. We are grateful to N. Hartley, K. Patel and G. Murphy for help with the DNA sequence analysis. J.G. was funded by a PMB fellowship from the BBSRC for collaborative projects between groups in the UK and USA, P.P. was funded by the Government of Thailand, and M.M. by the Spanish Government. The work in the laboratory of E.M.M. was funded by the US NIH and in the laboratory of G.C by a PMB2 grant from the BBSRC.
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Official Citation:A Polycomb-group gene regulates homeotic gene expression in Arabidopsis Justin Goodrich, Preeya Puangsomlee, Marta Martin, Deborah Long, Elliot M. Meyerowitz & George Coupland Nature 386, 44 - 51 (06 March 1997); doi:10.1038/386044a0
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