Sessile plants need to rapidly respond to drastic environmental changes. Unlike differentiated animal cells, most differentiated plant cells are totipotent. Consequently plants have flexible developmental programs that are highly adaptable to the environment.
An intriguing and important question in our understanding of plant developmental program and responses to the environment is what kinds of strategies and mechanisms plant cells use for the transmission and the integration of various developmental and environmental signals. The answer to this question is emerging mostly owing to research using model plants such as Arabidopsis and rice. To efficiently transmit unique environmental, developmental and hormonal signals, plants use signaling mechanisms and networks that integrate ancient and universal intracellular signals and signaling mechanisms, such as calcium, Rho family GTPases, and MAP kinase cascade, with their own inventions such as calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs), novel regulators and effectors of Rho GTPases, and novel scaffolding proteins.
This book will deal with major known signaling mechanisms and several representative intracellular signaling networks in plants, integrating comprehensive reviews and insights from leading experts in the field and will be a valuable resource for all researchers and professionals in plant biochemistry and biology.
Intracellular Signaling in Plants is an excellent new addition to the increasingly well--known and respected Annual Plant Reviews... An invaluable resource for all researchers and professionals in plant biochemistry. (Bois et Forets Des Tropiques, April 2009)
1. Transmembrane Receptors in Plants: Receptor Kinases and Their Ligands. Keiko U Torii. 2. Heterotrimeric G--Protein--Coupled Signaling in Higher Plants. Lei Ding, Jin--Gui Chen, Alan M Jones and Sarah M Assmann. 3. ROP/RAC GTPases. Ying Fu, Tsutomu Kawasaki, Ko Shimamoto and Zhenbiao Yang. 4. Mitogen--Activated Protein Kinase Cascades in Plant Intracellular Signaling. Shuqun Zhang. 5. Calcium Signals and Their Regulation. Zhen--Ming Pei and Simon Gilroy. 6. Paradigms and Networks for Intracellular Calcium Signaling in Plant Cells. Sheng Luan. 7. Reactive Oxygen Signaling in Plants. Gad Miller, Jesse Coutu, Vladimir Shulaev and Ron Mittler. 8. Lipid--Mediated Signaling. Wendy F Boss, Daniel V Lynch and Xuemin Wang. 9. The Cytoskeleton and Signal Transduction: Role and Regulation of Plant Actin-- and Microtubule--Binding Proteins. Patrick J Hussey and Takashi Hashimoto. 10. The PCI Complexes and the Ubiquitin Proteasome System (UPS) in Plant Development. Yair Halimi and Daniel A Chamovitz. 11. Signaling Between the Organelles and the Nucleus. Aurora Pinas Fernandez and A...sa Strand. 12. Signaling by Protein Phosphorylation in Cell Division. Michiko Sasabe and Yasunori Machida. 13. Guard Cell Signaling. Yan Wu. 14. The Molecular Networks of Abiotic Stress Signaling. Zhizong Gong, Viswanathan Chinnusamy and Jian--Kang Zhu
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Zhenbiao Yang is Professor in Plant Cell Biology, University of California, Riverside. He is a world authority on plant intracellular signaling mediated by the Rho family of small G proteins and a leader in signaling in polarized cell growth and cell morphogenesis in plants.