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SMC proteins and their multiple functions in higher plants.

Authors
  • Schubert, V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
124
Issue
3-4
Pages
202–214
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000218126
PMID: 19556774
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In plants as in other eukaryotes, SMC (Structural Maintenance of Chromosome) protein complexes and proteins interacting with them are essential for sister chromatid cohesion, chromosome condensation, DNA repair and recombination. The presence of paralogous genes for various components of the different SMC complexes allowed diversification of their biological functions during evolution of higher plants. Here I summarize the multiple functions of plant SMC complexes and some of the particularities these proteins show in comparison to those of other organisms.

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