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, 331 (4), 255-61

[Reactive Oxygen Species, Stress and Cell Death in Plants]

[Article in French]

[Reactive Oxygen Species, Stress and Cell Death in Plants]

[Article in French]
Claire Parent et al. C R Biol.


Plants are constantly exposed to changes in environmental conditions. During periods of stress, the cellular redox homeostasis is altered as a result of reactive oxygen species accumulation. The change in redox is responsible for the symptoms commonly observed during periods of stress and reflects the phytotoxic nature of oxygen radical accumulation. However, oxygen radicals have recently been identified as key actors in the response to stress and their role as secondary messengers is now clearly established. The identification of their role in gene regulation has allowed one to identify them as key regulators in the induction and execution of programmed cell death typically observed during developmental processes as well as during stress responses. This review presents recent advances in the characterisation of the role of reactive oxygen species in plants.

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