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Cellulose synthesis via the FEI2 RLK/SOS5 pathway and cellulose synthase 5 is required for the structure of seed coat mucilage in Arabidopsis.

Harpaz-Saad S, McFarlane HE, Xu S, Divi UK, Forward B, Western TL, Kieber JJ Plant J. 2011 Dec; 68(6):941-53 PMID: 21883548 Abstract The seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana and many other plants are surrounded by a pectinaceous mucilage that aids in seed hydration and germination. Mucilage is synthesized during seed development within maternally derived seed coat … Read More

Plant cell wall secretion and lipid traffic at membrane contact sites of the cell cortex.

Samuels L, McFarlane HE Protoplasma 2012 Feb; 249 Suppl 1():S19-23 PMID: 22160188 Abstract Plant cell wall secretion is the result of dynamic vesicle fusion events at the plasma membrane. The importance of the lipid bilayer environment of the plasma membrane and its interactions with the endomembrane system through vesicle traffic are well recognized. Recent advances … Read More

RDR1 and SGS3, components of RNA-mediated gene silencing, are required for the regulation of cuticular wax biosynthesis in developing inflorescence stems of Arabidopsis.

Lam P, Zhao L, McFarlane HE, Aiga M, Lam V, Hooker TS, Kunst L Plant Physiol. 2012 Aug; 159(4):1385-95 PMID: 22689894 Abstract The cuticle is a protective layer that coats the primary aerial surfaces of land plants and mediates plant interactions with the environment. It is synthesized by epidermal cells and is composed of a … Read More