Structure, function and membrane interactions of plant annexins: an update

Plant Sci. 2011 Sep;181(3):230-41. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2011.05.013. Epub 2011 Jun 6.


Knowledge accumulated over the past 15 years on plant annexins clearly indicates that this disparate group of proteins builds on the common annexin function of membrane association, but possesses divergent molecular mechanisms. Functionally, the current literature agrees on a key role of plant annexins in stress response processes such as wound healing and drought tolerance. This is contrasted by only few established details of the molecular level mechanisms that are driving these activities. In this review, we appraise the current knowledge of plant annexin molecular, functional and structural properties with a special emphasis on topics of less coverage in recent past overviews. In particular, plant annexin post-translational modification, roles in polar growth and membrane stabilisation processes are discussed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Annexins / genetics
  • Annexins / metabolism
  • Annexins / physiology*
  • Cell Membrane / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Genes, Plant
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Oxidative Stress / physiology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Plant Development
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena*
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plant Proteins / physiology*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Annexins
  • Plant Proteins