What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen-Detecting Auxin In Vivo

Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Dec 16;18(12):2736. doi: 10.3390/ijms18122736.


Auxins mediate various processes that are involved in plant growth and development in response to specific environmental conditions. Its proper spatio-temporal distribution that is driven by polar auxin transport machinery plays a crucial role in the wide range of auxins physiological effects. Numbers of approaches have been developed to either directly or indirectly monitor auxin distribution in vivo in order to elucidate the basis of its precise regulation. Herein, we provide an updated list of valuable techniques used for monitoring auxins in plants, with their utilities and limitations. Because the spatial and temporal resolutions of the presented approaches are different, their combination may provide a comprehensive outcome of auxin distribution in diverse developmental processes.

Keywords: auxin; auxin distribution; auxin signalling; auxin transport; direct visualization; indirect visualization; receptor; sensor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Indoleacetic Acids / metabolism*
  • Plant Development / physiology


  • Indoleacetic Acids