Publications [#336995] of Philip N. Benfey

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  1. Drapek, C; Sparks, EE; Marhavy, P; Taylor, I; Andersen, TG; Hennacy, JH; Geldner, N; Benfey, PN, Minimum requirements for changing and maintaining endodermis cell identity in the Arabidopsis root., Nature Plants, vol. 4 no. 8 (August, 2018), pp. 586-595 [doi] .
    (last updated on 2019/04/19)

    Changes in gene regulation during differentiation are governed by networks of transcription factors. The Arabidopsis root endodermis is a tractable model to address how transcription factors contribute to differentiation. We used a bottom-up approach to understand the extent to which transcription factors that are required for endodermis differentiation can confer endodermis identity to a non-native cell type. Our results show that the transcription factors SHORTROOT and MYB36 alone have limited ability to induce ectopic endodermal features in the absence of additional cues. The stele-derived signalling peptide CIF2 stabilizes SHORTROOT-induced endodermis identity acquisition. The outcome is a partially impermeable barrier deposited in the subepidermal cell layer, which has a transcriptional signature similar to the endodermis. These results demonstrate that other root cell types can be forced to differentiate into the endodermis and highlight a previously unappreciated role for receptor kinase signalling in maintaining endodermis identity.