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Science 307 (5715): 1569-1570

Copyright © 2005 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Enhanced: Plant Genes on Steroids

Robert Sablowski and Nicholas P. Harberd

Plants, like animals, use steroid hormones to regulate their development. However, in plants, the steroid hormone is bound by a receptor at the cell surface instead of a nuclear receptor. In a Perspective, Sablowski and Harberd discuss studies published here (He et al.) and elsewhere that provide the missing link between binding of the steroid by its receptor and changes in the expression of target genes.

The authors are in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK. E-mail: robert.sablowski{at}

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