Cell growth: the power of symplastic isolation

Curr Biol. 2001 Jun 5;11(11):R436-9. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(01)00254-8.


Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) fibers are single-celled seed coat hairs that elongate up to 2mm per day during a phase of rapid growth. Recent evidence suggests this growth is orchestrated by a series of events which includes temporary closure of plasmodesmata.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Cell Division
  • Fruit / cytology
  • Fruit / physiology
  • Gossypium / cytology
  • Gossypium / physiology
  • Intercellular Junctions / physiology*
  • Magnoliopsida / cytology*
  • Magnoliopsida / physiology*
  • Osmotic Pressure