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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2011 Oct;14(5):489-97. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2011.06.007. Epub 2011 Jul 19.

Green light for polyphosphoinositide signals in plants.

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Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Plant genomes lack homologues of the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor and protein kinase C, which are important components of the canonical phospholipase C signalling system in animals. Instead, plants seem to utilize alternative downstream signalling molecules, that is, InsP(6) and phosphatidic acid. Inositol lipids may also function as second messengers themselves. By reversible phosphorylation of the inositol headgroup, five biologically active plant polyphosphoinositides can be detected. Protein targets interact with specific polyphosphoinositide isomers via selective lipid-binding domains, thereby altering their intracellular localization and/or enzymatic activity. Such lipid-binding domains have also been used to create GFP based-lipid biosensors to visualize PPIs dynamics in vivo. Here, we highlight some recent advances and ideas on PPIs' role in plant signalling.

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