Plant transducers of the endoplasmic reticulum unfolded protein response

Trends Plant Sci. 2012 Dec;17(12):720-7. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2012.06.014. Epub 2012 Jul 14.


The unfolded protein response (UPR) activates a set of genes to overcome accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a condition termed ER stress, and constitutes an essential part of ER protein quality control that ensures efficient maturation of secretory and membrane proteins in eukaryotes. Recent studies on Arabidopsis and rice identified the signaling pathway in which the ER membrane-localized ribonuclease IRE1 (inositol-requiring enzyme 1) catalyzes unconventional cytoplasmic splicing of mRNA, thereby producing the active transcription factor Arabidopsis bZIP60 (basic leucine zipper 60) and its ortholog in rice. Here we review recent findings identifying the molecular components of the plant UPR, including IRE1/bZIP60 and the membrane-bound transcription factors bZIP17 and bZIP28, and implicating its importance in several physiological phenomena such as pathogen response.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / physiology*
  • Arabidopsis Proteins / physiology
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum / physiology*
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress / physiology*
  • Oryza / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*
  • Unfolded Protein Response*


  • Arabidopsis Proteins