Osmotic stress activates distinct lipid and MAPK signalling pathways in plants

FEBS Lett. 2001 Jun 8;498(2-3):172-8. doi: 10.1016/s0014-5793(01)02492-9.


Plants are continuously exposed to all kinds of water stress such as drought and salinity. In order to survive and adapt, they have developed survival strategies that have been well studied, but little is known about the early mechanisms by which the osmotic stress is perceived and transduced into these responses. During the last few years, however, a variety of reports suggest that specific lipid and MAPK pathways are involved. This review briefly summarises them and presents a model showing that osmotic stress is transmitted by multiple signalling pathways.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / physiology*
  • Models, Biological
  • Phospholipids / chemistry
  • Phospholipids / metabolism*
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Second Messenger Systems / physiology*
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance / physiology*


  • Phospholipids