Regulation of plant water loss by manipulating the expression of phospholipase Dalpha

Plant J. 2001 Oct;28(2):135-44. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-313x.2001.01138.x.


Phospholipase D (PLD) has been implicated in various processes, including signal transduction, membrane trafficking, and membrane degradation. Multiple forms of PLD with distinct biochemical properties have been described in the cell. In Arabidopsis, PLDalpha and PLDgamma, but not PLDbeta, were detected in guard cells, and antisense suppression resulted in a specific loss of PLDalpha. The abrogation of PLDalpha rendered plants less sensitive to abscisic acid and impaired stomatal closure induced by water deficits. PLDalpha-depleted plants exhibited accelerated transpirational water loss and a decreased ability to tolerate drought stress. Overexpression of PLDalpha enhanced the leaf's sensitivity to abscisic acid. These findings provide molecular and physiological evidence that PLDalpha plays a crucial role in regulating stomatal movement and plant-water status.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Abscisic Acid / pharmacology
  • Arabidopsis / drug effects
  • Arabidopsis / physiology*
  • Disasters
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism
  • Phospholipase D / metabolism*
  • Plant Leaves / physiology*
  • Plant Transpiration / physiology
  • Water / metabolism*


  • Isoenzymes
  • Water
  • Abscisic Acid
  • Phospholipase D