Cell fate

The fate of a cell describes its future identity, or the identity of its daughter cells, before it is actually phenotypically detectable through differentiation or division. Cell fate can be determined by endogenous developmental factors, interaction with adjacent cells, or external long-distance signals such as morphogens and hormones.

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  • News & Views |

    Receptor-mediated regulation of SPEECHLESS by a MAP kinase cascade coordinates cell fate specification during stomatal development. SCREAM functions as a scaffold to bring SPEECHLESS in proximity with MPK3/MPK6, thereby allowing its down-regulation to inhibit stomatal cell fate.

    • Huachun Larue
    •  & Shuqun Zhang
    Nature Plants 5, 648-649
  • News & Views |

    Asymmetric cell divisions establish the patterning of stomata in maize. PAN receptor-like kinases were thought to start a signalling cascade leading to pre-mitotic polarization of the cell. Re-analysis of mutants now reveals that the SCAR/WAVE complex is involved in the early initiation of polarity in mother cells.

    • Laura Serna
    Nature Plants 1, 15008