Vesicular trafficking and salinity responses in plants

IUBMB Life. 2015 Sep;67(9):677-86. doi: 10.1002/iub.1425. Epub 2015 Aug 27.


Research spanning three decades has demonstrated that vesicles pinch off from the plasma membrane and traffic through the cytoplasm of plant cells, much as previously reported in animal cells. Although the well-conserved clathrin-mediated mechanism of endocytosis has been well characterized, relatively little is known about clathrin-independent pathways in plants. Modulation of endocytosis by both physical stimuli and chemical ligands has been reported in plants. Here, we review the effect of salinity-one of the most deleterious environmental assaults-on endocytosis and intracellular trafficking.

Keywords: osmosensing; stress-activated signaling; vesicular exocytosis.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Biological Transport
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Endocytosis / physiology*
  • Plants / drug effects
  • Plants / metabolism*
  • Salinity*
  • Transport Vesicles / metabolism*