MAP kinase pathways: molecular plug-and-play chips for the cell

Plant Mol Biol. 2000 Apr;42(6):791-806. doi: 10.1023/a:1006405929082.


Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways transduce a large variety of external signals in mammals, unicellular eukaryotes, and plants. In recent years, plant MAPK pathways have attracted increasing interest resulting in the isolation of a large number of different components. Studies on the function of these components have revealed that MAPKs play important roles in the response to a broad variety of stresses, but also in the signaling of plant hormones and the cell cycle. Besides giving an update on recent results, the success and logic of MAPK-based signal transduction cascades is discussed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / genetics
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / physiology*
  • Plant Cells
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Plants / enzymology
  • Plants / genetics
  • Signal Transduction*