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PLANT CELL 20 (4): 934-946

Copyright © 2008 by the American Society of Plant Physiologists.

The Receptor Kinase CORYNE of Arabidopsis Transmits the Stem Cell–Limiting Signal CLAVATA3 Independently of CLAVATA1[W]

Ralf Müller, Andrea Bleckmann, and Rüdiger Simon1

Institut für Genetik, Heinrich-Heine University, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

1 Address correspondence to ruediger.simon{at}uni-duesseldorf.de.

Abstract: Stem cells in shoot and floral meristems of Arabidopsis thaliana secrete the signaling peptide CLAVATA3 (CLV3) that restricts stem cell proliferation and promotes differentiation. The CLV3 signaling pathway is proposed to comprise the receptor kinase CLV1 and the receptor-like protein CLV2. We show here that the novel receptor kinase CORYNE (CRN) and CLV2 act together, and in parallel with CLV1, to perceive the CLV3 signal. Mutations in CRN cause stem cell proliferation, similar to clv1, clv2, and clv3 mutants. CRN has additional functions during plant development, including floral organ development, that are shared with CLV2. The CRN protein lacks a distinct extracellular domain, and we propose that CRN and CLV2 interact via their transmembrane domains to establish a functional receptor.

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