Vesicular traffic: an integral part of plant life

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2002 Dec;5(6):513-7. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(02)00299-6.


Extensive studies on the molecular mechanisms of vesicular traffic have revealed that plants use similar machinery to mammals and fungi for the formation, transport, docking and fusion of vesicles. In addition to conserved components, plant-unique molecules also regulate these phenomena. Recent research has begun to show that the vesicular traffic controlled by these various molecules plays amazing roles in higher-order plant functions, such as tropisms.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Biological Transport / physiology
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Cell Membrane / physiology
  • Endocytosis / physiology
  • Golgi Apparatus / physiology
  • Gravitropism / physiology
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Transport Vesicles / physiology*
  • Vacuoles / physiology
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins*
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins / physiology
  • trans-Golgi Network / physiology


  • Membrane Proteins
  • SNARE Proteins
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins
  • rab GTP-Binding Proteins