Asymmetric cell divisions: a view from plant development

Dev Cell. 2009 Jun;16(6):783-96. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2009.05.014.


All complex multicellular organisms must solve the problem of generating diverse and appropriately patterned cell types. Asymmetric division, in which a single mother cell gives rise to daughters with distinct identities, is instrumental in the generation of cellular diversity and higher-level patterns. In animal systems, there exists considerable evidence for conserved mechanisms of polarization and asymmetric division. Here, we consider asymmetric cell divisions in plants, highlighting the unique aspects of plant cell biology and organismal development that constrain the process, but also emphasizing conceptual and mechanistic similarities with animal asymmetric divisions.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Division*
  • Models, Biological
  • Plant Cells*
  • Plant Development*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Seeds / cytology
  • Stem Cell Niche / cytology


  • Plant Proteins