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  2. Abstract As described in the Introduction, we became interested in the existing literature for the crystallization behavior of (±)-[Co(en) 3 ]I 3 ·H 2 O and the absolute configuration of its enantiomers because of our project on the historical sequence of chemical studies leading Werner to formulate his Theory of Coordination Chemistry. In so doing, we discovered a number of interesting facts, including the possibility that the published “ Pbca ” structure of the (±)-[Co(en) 3 ]I 3 ·H 2 O was incorrect, and that it really crystallizes as a kryptoracemate in space group P 2 1 2 1 2 1 . Other equally interesting facts concerning the crystallization behavior of [Co(en) 3 ]I 3 ·H 2 O are detailed below, together with an explanation why P laton incorrectly selects, in this case, the space group Pbca instead of the correct choice, P 2 1 2 1 2 1 . As for the Flack parameter, (±)-[Co(en) 3 ]I 3 ·H 2 O provides an example long sought by Flack himself – a challenging case, differing from the norm. For that purpose, data sets (for the pure enantiomer and for the racemate) were collected at 100 K with R -factors of 4.24 and 2.82%, respectively, which are ideal for such a test. The fact that Pbca is unacceptable in this case is documented by the results of Second-Harmonic Generation experiments. CCDC nos: 1562401 for compound (I) and 1562403 for compound (II). 
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  3. Abstract

    MAPK signaling modules play crucial roles in regulating numerous biological processes in all eukaryotic cells. How MAPK signaling specificity and strength are tightly controlled remains a major challenging question. InArabidopsisstomatal development, the MAPKK Kinase YODA (YDA) functions at the cell periphery to inhibit stomatal production by activating MAPK 3 and 6 (MPK3/6) that directly phosphorylate stomatal fate-determining transcription factors for degradation in the nucleus. Recently, we demonstrated that BSL1, one of the four BSL protein phosphatases, localizes to the cell cortex to activate YDA, elevating MPK3/6 activity to suppress stomatal formation. Here, we showed that at the plasma membrane, all four members of BSL proteins contribute to the YDA activation. However, in the nucleus, specific BSL members (BSL2, BSL3, and BSU1) directly deactivate MPK6 to counteract the linear MAPK pathway, thereby promoting stomatal formation. Thus, the pivotal MAPK signaling in stomatal fate determination is spatially modulated by a signaling dichotomy of the BSL protein phosphatases inArabidopsis, providing a prominent example of how MAPK activities are integrated and specified by signaling compartmentalization at the subcellular level.

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    Cell polarity is a fundamental feature underlying cell morphogenesis and organismal development. In theArabidopsisstomatal lineage, the polarity protein BASL controls stomatal asymmetric cell division. However, the cellular machinery by which this intrinsic polarity site is established remains unknown. Here, we identify the PRAF/RLD proteins as BASL physical partners and mutating fourPRAFmembers leads to defects in BASL polarization. Members of PRAF proteins are polarized in stomatal lineage cells in a BASL-dependent manner. Developmental defects of theprafmutants phenocopy those of thegnommutants. GNOM is an activator of the conserved Arf GTPases and plays important roles in membrane trafficking. We further find PRAF physically interacts with GNOM in vitro and in vivo. Thus, we propose that the positive feedback of BASL and PRAF at the plasma membrane and the connected function of PRAF and GNOM in endosomal trafficking establish intrinsic cell polarity in theArabidopsisstomatal lineage.

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    In the leaf epidermis, stomatal pores allow gas exchange between plants and the environment. The production of stomatal guard cells requires the lineage cells to divide asymmetrically. In this Insight review, we describe an emerging picture of how intrinsic molecules drive stomatal asymmetric cell division in multidimensions, from transcriptional activities in the nucleus to the dynamic assembly of the polarity complex at the cell cortex. Given the significant roles of stomatal activity in plant responses to environmental changes, we incorporate recent advances in external cues feeding into the regulation of core molecular machinery required for stomatal development. The work we discuss here is mainly based on the dicot plantArabidopsis thalianawith summaries of recent progress in the monocots.

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