Feedback from the wall

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2003 Dec;6(6):611-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2003.09.004.


The ability of cells to perceive changes in the composition and mechanical properties of their cell wall is crucial for plants to achieve coordinated growth and development. Evidence is accumulating to show that the plant cell wall, like its yeast counterpart, is capable of triggering multiple signalling pathways. The components of the cell wall that are responsible for initiating these signal responses remain unknown; however, recent technological advances in cell wall analysis may now facilitate the identification of these components and accelerate the characterisation of changes that occur in cell wall mutants.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cell Wall / genetics
  • Cell Wall / physiology
  • Mucoproteins / genetics
  • Mucoproteins / metabolism
  • Mutation
  • Plant Proteins
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases / genetics
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases / metabolism
  • Polysaccharides / biosynthesis
  • Signal Transduction / genetics
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Arabidopsis Proteins
  • Mucoproteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Polysaccharides
  • arabinogalactan proteins
  • Polysaccharide-Lyases
  • PMR6 protein, Arabidopsis