Multifunctional role of plant cysteine proteinases

Acta Biochim Pol. 2004;51(3):609-24.


Cysteine proteinases also referred to as thiol proteases play an essential role in plant growth and development but also in senescence and programmed cell death, in accumulation of storage proteins such as in seeds, but also in storage protein mobilization. Thus, they participate in both anabolic and catabolic processes. In addition, they are involved in signalling pathways and in the response to biotic and abiotic stresses. In this review an attempt was undertaken to illustrate these multiple roles of cysteine proteinases and the mechanisms underlying their action.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Biological Transport, Active
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / classification
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / genetics
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / metabolism*
  • Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genes, Plant
  • Plant Cells
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plants / enzymology*
  • Plants / genetics


  • Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors
  • Plant Proteins
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases