alexa The plant vacuole: emitter and receiver of calcium signals.


Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology

Author(s): Peiter E

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Abstract This review portrays the plant vacuole as both a source and a target of Ca(2+) signals. In plants, the vacuole represents a Ca(2+) store of enormous size and capacity. Total and free Ca(2+) concentrations in the vacuole vary with plant species, cell type, and environment, which is likely to have an impact on vacuolar function and the release of vacuolar Ca(2+). It is known that cytosolic Ca(2+) signals are often generated by release of the ion from internal stores, but in very few cases has a role of the vacuole been directly demonstrated. Biochemical and electrophysical studies have provided evidence for the operation of ligand- and voltage-gated Ca(2+)-permeable channels in the vacuolar membrane. The underlying molecular mechanisms are largely unknown with one exception: the slow vacuolar channel, encoded by TPC1, is the only vacuolar Ca(2+)-permeable channel cloned to date. However, due to its complex regulation and its low selectivity amongst cations, the role of this channel in Ca(2+) signalling is still debated. Many transport proteins at the vacuolar membrane are also targets of Ca(2+) signals, both by direct binding of Ca(2+) and by Ca(2+)-dependent phosphorylation. This enables the operation of feedback mechanisms and integrates vacuolar transport systems in the wider signalling network of the plant cell. 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Cell Calcium and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pathology

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