Attraction of tip-growing pollen tubes by the female gametophyte

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2011 Oct;14(5):614-21. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2011.07.010. Epub 2011 Aug 19.


Pollen tube guidance is the mechanism whereby the direction of pollen tube growth is controlled by female cells of the pistil. Some key genes and molecules have recently been identified as being involved in pollen tube guidance. In this review article, we discuss the molecular basis of pollen tube guidance, especially in Arabidopsis thaliana, by summarizing recent progress in various plant species. Attractant molecules and receptors for gametophytic pollen tube guidance are the focus of this article.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / genetics*
  • Arabidopsis / growth & development*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genes, Plant
  • Ovule / physiology*
  • Pollen Tube / growth & development*
  • Signal Transduction