Identification of phloem-mobile mRNA

J Plant Res. 2015 Jan;128(1):27-35. doi: 10.1007/s10265-014-0675-6. Epub 2014 Dec 17.


Signaling between cells, tissues and organs is essential for multicellular organisms to coordinate and adapt their development and growth to internal and environmental changes. Plants have evolved a plant-specific symplasmic pathway, called plasmodesmata, for efficient intercellular communication, in addition to the receptor-ligand-based apoplasmic pathway. Long-distance signaling between distant organs is enabled via the phloem tube system, where plasmodesmata contribute to phloem loading and unloading for photosynthate allocation. In addition to signaling by small molecules such as metabolites and phytohormones, the transport of proteins, small RNAs and mRNAs is also considered an important mechanism to achieve long-distance signaling in plants. Recent studies on phloem-mobile proteins and small RNAs have revealed their role in crucial physiological processes including flowering, systemic silencing and nutrient allocation. However, the biological role of mRNAs found in the phloem tube is not yet clear, though their mobility over long-distances has been well evidenced. To gain this knowledge, it is important to collect further information on mRNA profiles in the phloem translocation stream. In this review, I summarize the current approaches to identifying the mRNA population in the phloem translocation system, and discuss the possible role of short- and long-distance mRNA transport.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Phloem / metabolism*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plants / metabolism
  • RNA Transport*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Tissue Culture Techniques


  • Plant Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger