Alternative splicing and proteome diversity in plants: the tip of the iceberg has just emerged

Trends Plant Sci. 2003 Oct;8(10):468-71. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2003.09.001.


Alternative splicing has recently emerged as one of the most significant generators of functional complexity in several relatively well-studied animal genomes, but little is known about the extent of this phenomenon in higher plants. However, recent computational and experimental studies discussed here suggest that alternative splicing probably plays a far more significant role in the generation of proteome diversity in plants than was previously thought.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing*
  • Genes, Plant / genetics
  • Genetic Variation
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Proteome / genetics*


  • Plant Proteins
  • Proteome