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Cell Mol Life Sci. 1999 Feb;55(2):214-32. doi: 10.1007/s000180050286.

Calcium signaling in plants.

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Wolfson Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.

Abstract

Changes in the cytosolic concentration of calcium ions ([Ca(2+)]i) play a key second messenger role in signal transduction. These changes are visualized by making use of either Ca(2+)-sensitive fluorescent dyes or the Ca(2+)-sensitive photoprotein, aequorin. Here we describe the advances made over the last 10 years or so, which have conclusively demonstrated a second messenger role for [Ca(2+)]i in a few model plant systems. Characteristic changes in [Ca(2+)]i have been seen to precede the responses of plant cells and whole plants to physiological stimuli. This has had a major impact on our understanding of cell signaling in plants. The next challenge will be to establish how the Ca(2+) signals are encrypted and decoded in order to provide specificity, and we discuss the current understanding of how this may be achieved.

PMID:
24481914
DOI:
10.1007/s000180050286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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