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A calcium dialog mediated by the FERONIA Signal transduction pathway controls plant sperm delivery

By Quy A Ngo, Hannes Vogler, Dmytro S Lituiev, Anna Nestorova and Ueli Grossniklaus


Sperm delivery for double fertilization of flowering plants relies on interactions between the pollen tube (PT) and two synergids, leading to programmed cell death (PCD) of the PT and one synergid. The mechanisms underlying the communication among these cells during PT reception is unknown. We discovered that the synergids control this process by coordinating their distinct calcium signatures in response to the calcium dynamics and growth behavior of the PT. Induced and spontaneous aberrant calcium responses in the synergids abolish the two coordinated PCD events. Components of the FERONIA (FER) signaling pathway are required for initiating and modulating these calcium responses and for coupling the PCD events. Intriguingly, the calcium signatures are interchangeable between the two synergids, implying that their fates of death and survival are determined by reversible interactions with the PT. Thus, complex intercellular interactions involving a receptor kinase pathway and calcium-mediated signaling control sperm delivery in plants

Topics: Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, 580 Plants (Botany)
Publisher: Cell Press (Elsevier)
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.devcel.2014.04.008
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