Changing SERKs and priorities during plant life

Trends Plant Sci. 2015 Sep;20(9):531-3. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.06.006. Epub 2015 Jun 26.


SOMATIC EMBRYOGENESIS RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASES (SERKs) are coreceptors for diverse extracellular signals. SERKs are involved in a wide array of developmental and immune related processes first discovered in Arabidopsis. Recent work demonstrates the evolutionary conservation of SERKs in all multicellular plants, and highlights their functional conservation in monocots and dicots.

Keywords: innate immunity; plant development; somatic embryogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Evolution
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant*
  • Magnoliopsida / genetics*
  • Magnoliopsida / metabolism
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Protein Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Plant Proteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • SERK protein, plant