Calcium regulation in endosymbiotic organelles of plants

Plant Signal Behav. 2009 Sep;4(9):805-8. doi: 10.4161/psb.4.9.9234. Epub 2009 Sep 8.


In plant cells calcium-dependent signaling pathways are involved in a large array of biological processes in response to hormones, biotic/abiotic stress signals and a variety of developmental cues. This is generally achieved through binding of calcium to diverse calcium-sensing proteins, which subsequently control downstream events by activating or inhibiting biochemical reactions. Regulation by calcium is considered as a eukaryotic trait and has not been described for prokaryotes. Nevertheless, there is increasing evidence indicating that organelles of prokaryotic origin, such as chloroplasts and mitochondria, are integrated into the calcium-signaling network of the cell. An important transducer of calcium in these organelles appears to be calmodulin. In this review we want to give an overview over present data showing that endosymbiotic organelles harbour calcium-dependent biological processes with a focus on calmodulin-regulation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Calmodulin / metabolism
  • Organelles / metabolism*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Symbiosis*


  • Calmodulin
  • Plant Proteins
  • Calcium