Since their discovery over 100 years ago, plasmodesmata have been the focus of intense investigation. Plasmodesmata are unique to plants and form an intercellular continuum for the transport of solutes, signals and ribonucleoprotein complexes. It is now clear that plasmodesmata formation and regulation are central to a diverse range of plant functions that include developmental programming, host-pathogen interactions and systemic RNA signaling.
This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of the diverse forms and functions of plasmodesmata. It covers the structure and evolution of plasmodesmata, their role in plant development and solute transport, and their central function in systemic signaling via the phloem. It includes critical evaluations of current methods used to study intercellular transport via plasmodesmata.
The volume is directed at researchers and professionals in plant cell biology, plant molecular biology, plant physiology and plant pathology.
Contributors Preface 1. Plasmodesmal structure and developmentAlison G. Roberts, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK 2. Evolution of plasmodesmataJohn A. Raven, Division of Environmental and Applied Biology, University of Dundee, UK 3. Plasmodesmata: protein transport signals and receptorsFriedrich Kragler, Vienna Biocenter, Austria 4. Comparative structures of specialised monocotyledonous leaf blade plasmodesmataC. E. J. Botha, Botany Department, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, R. H. M. Cross, Electron Microscopy Unit, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa and L. Liu, Linyi University, Linyi, China 5. Plasmodesmata and plant morphogenesisKen Kobayashi, Insoon Kim, Euna Cho and Patricia Zambryski, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA 6. Transcription factor movement through plasmodesmataDavid Jackson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA 7. Role of plasmodesmata in solute loading and unloadingAlexander Schulz, Department of Plant Biology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark 8. Plasmodesmata and the phloem: conduits for local and long-distance signalingRobert L. Gilbertson, Maria R. Rojas, and William J. Lucas, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, USA 9. Movement of viruses to and through plasmodesmataRichard S. Nelson, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA 10. Systemic RNA silencingManfred Heinlein, Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Switzerland 11. Techniques for imaging intercellular transportKarl Oparka and Petra Boevink, Unit of Cell Biology, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK 12. Electrical signalling via plasmodesmataAart J. E. van Bel and Katrina Ehlers, Institute of General Botany, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany 13. Regulation of plasmodesmal conductanceTerena L. Holdaway-Clarke, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Index
Professor Karl J. Oparka, FRSE is at the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK