A Reservoir of Pluripotent Phloem Cells Safeguards the Linear Developmental Trajectory of Protophloem Sieve Elements
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Plant cells can change their identity based on positional information, a mechanism that confers developmental plasticity to plants. This ability, common to distinct multicellular organisms, is particularly relevant for plant phloem cells. Protophloem sieve elements (PSEs), one type of phloem conductive cells, act as the main organizers of the phloem pole, which comprises four distinct cell files organized in a conserved pattern. Here, we report how Arabidopsis roots generate a reservoir of meristematic phloem cells competent to swap their cell identities. Although PSE misspecification induces cell identity hybridism, the activity of RECEPTOR LIKE PROTEIN KINASE 2 (RPK2) by perceiving CLE45 peptide contributes to restrict PSE identity to the PSE position. By maintaining a spatiotemporal window when PSE and PSE-adjacent cells’ identities are interchangeable, CLE45 signaling endows phloem cells with the competence to re-pattern a functional phloem pole when protophloem fails to form. Show more
Journal / seriesCurrent Biology
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Subjectcell identity; phloem; companion cell; plastic developmental trajectory; RPK2; CLE peptides; pluripotency; Arabidopsis vasculature; root
Organisational unit09493 - Rodriguez-Villalon, Antia / Rodriguez-Villalon, Antia
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