The plant cell cycle

Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2003;54:235-64. doi: 10.1146/annurev.arplant.54.031902.134836.


Cell division in plants is controlled by the activity of cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) complexes. Although this basic mechanism is conserved with all other eukaryotes, plants show novel features of cell-cycle control in the molecules involved and their regulation, including novel CDKs showing strong transcriptional regulation in mitosis. Plant development is characterized by indeterminate growth and reiteration of organogenesis and is therefore intimately associated with cell division. This may explain why plants have a large number of cell-cycle regulators that appear to have overlapping and distinct functions. Here we review the recent considerable progress in understanding how core cell-cycle regulators are involved in integrating and coordinating cell division at the molecular level.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Cycle / physiology*
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases / metabolism
  • Cyclins / metabolism
  • Plant Cells*
  • Plant Growth Regulators / physiology
  • Retinoblastoma Protein / metabolism


  • Cyclins
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Retinoblastoma Protein
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinases