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Chapter 18

Signal Perception and
Transduction

CHAPTER OUTLINE
Introduction
18.1 Overview of signal transduction
18.2 Receptors
18.3 Specific examples of plant receptors
18.4 G-proteins and phospholipid signaling
18.5 Cyclic nucleotides
18.6 Calcium
18.7 Protein kinases: primary elements in signal transduction
18.8 Particular pathways of signal transduction associated with plant growth regulators
18.9 The future of plant cell signal transduction research

Anthony Trewavas

 

 

Plant cells are constantly bombarded with information to which they must react. Signal transduction, the means whereby cells construct responses to a signal, is a recently defined focus of research in plant biology. The application of biochemical and molecular genetic techniques has resulted in major advances in elucidating the mechanisms that regulate gene expression and in identifying components of many signal transduction pathways in diverse physiological systems. Today, signal transduction research contributes to all aspects of plant science, linking many fields of study in much the same way that signal transduction pathways link myriad cellular processes.


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