Learning the lipid language of plant signalling

Wessel Van Leeuwen, László Ökrész, László Bögre, Teun Munnik

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Abstract

Plant cells respond to different biotic and abiotic stresses by producing various uncommon phospholipids that are believed to play key roles in cell signalling. We can predict how they work because animal and yeast proteins have been shown to have specific lipid-binding domains, which act as docking sites. When such proteins are recruited to the membrane locations where these phospholipids are synthesized, the phospholipids activate them directly, by inducing a conformational change, or indirectly, by juxtaposing them with an activator protein. The same lipid-binding domains are present in Arabidopsis proteins. We believe that they represent an untapped well of information about plant lipid signalling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-384
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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