The meiotic transcriptome architecture of plants

Stefanie Dukowic-Schulze, Changbin Chen

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Although a number of genes that play key roles during the meiotic process have been characterized in great detail, the whole process of meiosis is still not completely unraveled. To gain insight into the bigger picture, large-scale approaches like RNA-seq and microarray can help to elucidate the transcriptome landscape during plant meiosis, discover co-regulated genes, enriched processes, and highly expressed known and unknown genes which might be important for meiosis. These high-throughput studies are gaining more and more popularity, but their beginnings in plant systems reach back as far as the 1960's. Frequently, whole anthers or post-meiotic pollen were investigated, while less data is available on isolated cells during meiosis, and only few studies addressed the transcriptome of female meiosis. For this review, we compiled meiotic transcriptome studies covering different plant species, and summarized and compared their key findings. Besides pointing to consistent as well as unique discoveries, we finally draw conclusions what can be learned from these studies so far and what should be addressed next.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number220
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Issue numberJUN
StatePublished - Jun 5 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (IOS: 1025881) to C.C. and others, and from BRDC to C.C.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Dukowic-Schulze and Chen.


  • Anthers
  • Meiocytes
  • Meiosis
  • Microarray
  • RNA-seq
  • Transcriptome


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