Abiotic stress signalling pathways: specificity and cross-talk

Trends Plant Sci. 2001 Jun;6(6):262-7. doi: 10.1016/s1360-1385(01)01946-x.


Plants exhibit a variety of responses to abiotic stresses that enable them to tolerate and survive adverse conditions. As we learn more about the signalling pathways leading to these responses, it is becoming clear that they constitute a network that is interconnected at many levels. In this article, we discuss the 'cross-talk' between different signalling pathways and question whether there are any truly specific abiotic stress signalling responses.

MeSH terms

  • Abscisic Acid / metabolism
  • Arabidopsis Proteins*
  • Calcium Signaling
  • Cold Temperature
  • Disasters
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Plant Growth Regulators / metabolism
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism
  • Receptor Cross-Talk*
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Species Specificity
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • DREB1A protein, Arabidopsis
  • DREB2A protein, Arabidopsis
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Transcription Factors
  • Abscisic Acid
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases