Control of Cell Polarity in Plants


Cell polarity is fundamental for growth and division in plants. The BASL protein is localised to one end of stomatal precursors and plays a critical role in asymmetric division and stomatal spacing. We have shown that ectopic expression of BASL reveals coordinated cell polarity throughout the growing Arabidopsis leaf. However, the mechanisms by which cell polarity is established and influences growth is still unclear. The aim of this project is to use a combination of live imaging, protein localisation, tissue culture and cell biology techniques to probe mechanisms underlying polarity and growth.

Mansfield,C., Newman, J.L., Olsson, T.S.G., Hartley, M., Chan, J.* Coen, E.* (2018) Ectopic BASL Reveals Tissue Cell Polarity throughout Leaf Development in Arabidopsis thaliana Current Biology 28, 2638–2646,*co-corresponding authors.

Whitewoods, C. D., B. Goncalves, J. Cheng, M. Cui, R. Kennaway, K. Lee, C. Bushell, M. Yu, C. Piao, Coen, E. (2020). Evolution of carnivorous traps from planar leaves through simple shifts in gene expression. Science 367 91-96.

Chan, J., Mansfield, C, Clouet, F. Dorussen, D. and Coen, E. (2020). Intrinsic Cell Polarity Coupled to Growth Axis Formation in Tobacco BY-2 Cells Curr. Biol. 30, 4999-5006.