The impact of Arabidopsis on human health: diversifying our portfolio

Cell. 2008 Jun 13;133(6):939-43. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2008.05.040.


Studies of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana may seem to have little impact on advances in medical research, yet a survey of the scientific literature shows that this is a misconception. Many discoveries with direct relevance to human health and disease have been elaborated using Arabidopsis, and several processes important to human biology are more easily studied in this versatile model plant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease / metabolism
  • Arabidopsis / chemistry
  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / genetics
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / metabolism
  • Circadian Rhythm
  • Humans
  • Immunity
  • Models, Biological
  • Neoplasms / metabolism


  • Arabidopsis Proteins