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Keywords:

  • basal body;
  • Ceratopteris;
  • cilia;
  • flagella;
  • sperm;
  • stellate array

Contents

 Summary526
I.Introduction526
II.Plant cilia: a model for evolution and development530
III.Future perspectives: Marchantia and Ceratopteris as models for cilia research535
 Acknowledgements536
 References536

Summary

Eukaryotic cilia/flagella are ancient organelles with motility and sensory functions. Cilia display significant ultrastructural conservation where present across the eukaryotic phylogeny; however, diversity in ciliary biology exists and the ability to produce cilia has been lost independently on a number of occasions. Land plants provide an excellent system for the investigation of cilia evolution and loss across a broad phylogeny, because early divergent land plant lineages produce cilia, whereas most seed plants do not. This review highlights the differences in cilia form and function across land plants and discusses how recent advances in genomics are providing novel insights into the evolutionary trajectory of ciliary proteins. We propose a renewed effort to adopt ciliated land plants as models to investigate the mechanisms underpinning complex ciliary processes, such as number control, the coordination of basal body placement and the regulation of beat patterns.