Phospholipid-Based Signaling in Plants

Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Department of Plant Physiology, University of Amsterdam, NL-1098 SM Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Annual review of plant biology (Impact Factor: 23.3). 02/2003; 54(1):265-306. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.arplant.54.031902.134748
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Phospholipids are emerging as novel second messengers in plant cells. They are rapidly formed in response to a variety of stimuli via the activation of lipid kinases or phospholipases. These lipid signals can activate enzymes or recruit proteins to membranes via distinct lipid-binding domains, where the local increase in concentration promotes interactions and downstream signaling. Here, the latest developments in phospholipid-based signaling are discussed, including the lipid kinases and phospholipases that are activated, the signals they produce, the domains that bind them, the downstream targets that contain them and the processes they control.

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    • "Phosphatidic acid is rapidly and transiently generated in response to various stresses and has been proposed to function as a second messenger [49]. This phosphatidic acid constitutes a minor portion of membrane lipids under control conditions, but its levels significantly increased upon exposure to numerous stresses including cold stress [49] [50]. Several modes of action for phosphatidic acid in signal transduction can be imagined. "

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    • "Lipid signalling has emerged as one of the major signalling networks as adaptive mechanism in response to various environmental cues and adverse growth conditions (Singh et al., 2015). In this sense, membranes are the sites where many signals are perceived by the cell and it is well establish that lipids or lipidderived molecules are a group of plant messengers that have been described to be involved in stress responses (Meijer and Munnik, 2003; Sun et al., 2013; Ruelland et al., 2015). Among the enzymes that have a role in mediating membrane lipid remodeling it is important to mention the phospholipases that catalyze the initial step of phospholipid breakdown and generate multiple lipid derived second messengers (Singh et al., 2015). "
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    • "This is of particular interest, as these major structural phospholipids are substrates for phospholipases. Phospholipases and phospholipid-derived molecules are crucial elements in stress response mediation, particularly via the activation of the phospholipase A (PLA), phospholipase D (PLD), or phospholipase C (PLC) and diacylglycerol kinase (DAGK) pathways (Munnik and Testerink, 2009; Meijer and Munnik, 2003). In animals, in vitro exposure of epithelial cells to O 3 resulted in dose-dependent increases in phospholipase A2, phospholipase C and phospholipase D activity (Salgo et al., 1994; Kafoury et al.,1998). "
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