Plasmodesma 2001: on safari through the symplast

Cilia, M., Cantrill, L., van Bel, A. (January 2002) Plasmodesma 2001: on safari through the symplast. Plant Cell, 14 (1). pp. 7-10. ISSN 1040-4651 (Print)

DOI: 10.​1105/​tpc.​140120


Plant cells need to communicate with each other to orchestrate lifelong development, to integrate physiological processes, and to coordinate pathogen defense responses. The transmission of intercellular signals is an important means of regulating all plant life processes, from fertilization to senescence. In this framework, plasmodesmata (PD)— nanopores lined by plasma membrane that bridge the cytoplasm of most plant cells to their neighbors—play a pivotal role. PD function as relay stations in a unique cellular internet for the rapid exchange of water, metabolites, and even macromolecules. Exciting progress has been made in the field of plasmodesmal research, as reported at the 4th International Plasmodesma meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2001.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biological Transport Cell Communication/genetics/ physiology Cytoplasm/metabolism Green Fluorescent Proteins Intercellular Junctions/genetics/ physiology Luminescent Proteins/genetics/metabolism Mutation Plant Components/cytology/genetics/ physiology Plant Viral Movement Proteins Plants, Genetically Modified Recombinant Fusion Proteins/genetics/metabolism Tobacco Mosaic Virus/genetics/metabolism Viral Proteins/genetics/metabolism
Subjects: organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions
organism description > plant
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Communities: CSHL labs > Jackson lab
School of Biological Sciences > Publications
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: January 2002
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 21:39
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2014 13:56
PMCID: PMC543402
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