CDPKs - a kinase for every Ca2+ signal?

Trends Plant Sci. 2000 Apr;5(4):154-9. doi: 10.1016/s1360-1385(00)01577-6.


Numerous stimuli can alter the Ca2+concentration in the cytoplasm, a factor common to many physiological responses in plant and animal cells. Calcium-binding proteins decode information contained in the temporal and spatial patterns of these Ca2+ signals and bring about changes in metabolism and gene expression. In addition to calmodulin, a calcium-binding protein found in all eukaryotes, plants contain a large family of calcium-binding regulatory protein kinases. Evidence is accumulating that these protein kinases participate in numerous aspects of plant growth and development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcium Signaling*
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases* / metabolism*
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases