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J Exp Bot. 2004 Jan;55(395):181-8. Epub 2003 Nov 17.

CDPK-mediated signalling pathways: specificity and cross-talk.

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  • 1The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK.


Plants are constantly exposed to environmental changes and have to integrate a variety of biotic and abiotic stress stimuli. Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) are implicated as important sensors of Ca2+ flux in plants in response to these stresses. CDPKs are encoded by multigene families, and expression levels of these genes are spatially and temporally controlled throughout development. In addition, a subset of CDPK genes responds to external stimuli. Biochemical evidence supports the idea that CDPKs are involved in signal transduction during stress conditions. Furthermore, loss-of-function and gain-of-function studies revealed that signalling pathways leading to cold, salt, drought or pathogen resistance are mediated by specific CDPK isoforms

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