Plant response to stress meets dedifferentiation

Gideon Grafi, Vered Chalifa-Caspi, Tal Nagar, Inbar Plaschkes, Simon Barak, Vanessa Ransbotyn

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Plant response to various stress conditions often results in expression of common genes, known as stress-responsive/inducible genes. Accumulating data point to a common, yet elusive process underlying the response of plant cells to stress. Evidence derived from transcriptome profiling of shoot apical meristem stem cells, dedifferentiating protoplast cells as well as from senescing cells lends support to a model in which a common response of cells to certain biotic and abiotic stresses converges on cellular dedifferentiation whereby cells first acquire a stem cell-like state before assuming a new fate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-438
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Chromatin structure
  • Dedifferentiation
  • Senescence
  • Stem cells
  • Stress response
  • Transcription factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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