These authors contributed equally.
Epigenetic performers in plants‡
Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
Development, Growth & Differentiation
Special Issue: Epigenetics
Volume 52, Issue 6, pages 555–566, August 2010
How to Cite
Chen, M., Lv, S. and Meng, Y. (2010), Epigenetic performers in plants. Development, Growth & Differentiation, 52: 555–566. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-169X.2010.01192.x
English language editing of this article was supported by Wiley-Blackwell.
- Issue online: 21 JUL 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2010
- Received 31 January 2010; revised 23 March 2010; accepted 27 April 2010.
- DNA methylation;
- histone modification;
Epigenetic research is at the forefront of plant biology and molecular genetics. Studies on higher plants underscore the significant role played by epigenetics in both plant development and stress response. Relatively recent advances in analytical methodology have allowed for a significant expansion of what is known about genome-wide mapping of DNA methylation and histone modifications. In this review, we explore the different modification patterns in plant epigenetics, and the key factors involved in the epigenetic process, in order to illustrate various putative mechanisms. Experimental technology to exploit these modifications, and proposed focus areas for future plant epigenetic research, are also presented.