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RNase-Based Self-Incompatibility: Puzzled by Pollen S

Ed Newbigin, Timothy Paape, Joshua R Kohn

The Plant Cell | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2008

Abstract

Abstract Many plants have a genetically determined self-incompatibility system in which the rejection of self pollen grains is controlled by alleles of an S locus. A common feature of these S loci is that separate pollen- and style-expressed genes (pollen S and style S, respectively) determine S allele identity. The long-held view has been that pollen S and style S must be a coevolving gene pair in order for allelic recognition to be maintained as new S alleles arise. In at least three plant families, the Solanaceae, Rosaceae, and Plantaginaceae, the style S gene has long been known to encode an extracellular ribonuclease called the S-RNase. Pollen S in these families has more..

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