Journal article

Molecular repertoire of flowering plant male germ cells

Mohan B Singh, Prem L Bhalla, Scott D Russell

SEXUAL PLANT REPRODUCTION | SPRINGER | Published : 2008

Abstract

Sperm cells--the male gametes of flowering plants--constitute the male founding lineage of angiosperms, possessing the unique capacity to fuse with the egg and central cells during double fertilization. Although it is well established that these cellular fusions are involved with initiating the development of the seedling-forming zygote and the endosperm that nourishes it, considerable information will be needed to characterize the full male molecular repertoire, which includes expressed genes of the male lineage, encoded proteins, and regulatory elements controlling male germ line identity, as well as male molecules that may mediate interactions with the female partner that initiate fertili..

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