OBO ID: GO:0043158
Term Name: heterocyst development Search Ontology:
  • heterocyst cell differentiation
  • heterocyst differentiation
  • heterocyst formation
Definition: The cellular developmental process by which a cell becomes a heterocyst, a cell that carries out nitrogen fixation. This process involves changes to the cell wall, expression of nitrogenase and other proteins involved in nitrogen fixation, and degradation of photosystem II, which produces oxygen. This process is known to occur in some cyanobacteria. (2)
Ontology: GO: Biological Process   QuickGO   AmiGO
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