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, 9 (4), 531-44

Plant Programmed Cell Death: Can't Live With It; Can't Live Without It

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Plant Programmed Cell Death: Can't Live With It; Can't Live Without It

Brett Williams et al. Mol Plant Pathol.

Abstract

The decision of whether a cell should live or die is fundamental for the wellbeing of all organisms. Despite intense investigation into cell growth and proliferation, only recently has the essential and equally important idea that cells control/programme their own demise for proper maintenance of cellular homeostasis gained recognition. Furthermore, even though research into programmed cell death (PCD) has been an extremely active area of research there are significant gaps in our understanding of the process in plants. In this review, we discuss PCD during plant development and pathogenesis, and compare/contrast this with mammalian apoptosis.

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Schematic representation of the core biochemical pathways leading to apoptosis in (a) Caenorhabditis elegans, (b) mammals and (c) plants.

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