Self-incompatibility: a self-recognition system in plants

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Science  16 Nov 1990:
Vol. 250, Issue 4983, pp. 937-941
DOI: 10.1126/science.2237440


Self-incompatibility (SI), a genetically controlled mechanism to prevent inbreeding in plants, offers a relatively simple model system for studying the interactions between plant cells or between a plant cell and the secreted product or products of another cell. Examples of two major types of SI, gametophytic and sporophytic, have been studied by cloning cDNAs corresponding to glycoproteins of the female tissues that segregate with particular variants encoded by the putative S locus. These secreted glycoproteins are envisaged to interact with the currently undescribed pollen component to cause arrest of pollen tube growth.

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