Lipid signaling

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2004 Jun;7(3):329-36. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2004.03.012.


Various lipids are involved in mediating plant growth, development and responses to biotic and abiotic cues, and their production is regulated by lipid-signaling enzymes. Lipid-hydrolyzing enzymes play a pivotal role both in the production of lipid messengers and in other processes, such as cytoskeletal rearrangement, membrane trafficking, and degradation. Studies on the downstream targets and modes of action of lipid signals in plants are still in their early stages but distinguishing features of plant lipid-based signaling are being recognized. Phospholipase D enzymes and phosphatidic acid may play a broader role in lipid signaling in plants than in other systems.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Diacylglycerol Kinase / metabolism
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Lysophospholipids / metabolism
  • Phosphatidic Acids / metabolism
  • Phospholipase D / metabolism
  • Phospholipases A / metabolism
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Type C Phospholipases / metabolism


  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
  • Lysophospholipids
  • Phosphatidic Acids
  • Diacylglycerol Kinase
  • Phospholipases A
  • Type C Phospholipases
  • Phospholipase D