Emerging roles in plant biotechnology for the second messenger cGMP - Guanosine 3′, 5′-cyclic monophosphate

Stuart Meier, Christoph Gehring*

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Second messengers are small transient molecules that transmit and/or modulate environmental or hormonal signals linking them to complex and often systemic physiological responses. Recent reports have renewed interest in the second messenger guanosine 3′, 5′-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP) since it has been shown to directly mediate an ever increasing number of plant responses ranging from the modification of cyclic nucleotide gated ion channels to the regulation of transcription of many cGMP responsive genes. Here some of these cGMP dependent responses will be reviewed emphasising their role in plant stress responses. Finally, potential applications of cGMP in plant biotechnology will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1687-1692
Number of pages6
JournalAfrican Journal of Biotechnology
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 2 2006


  • 3′,5′-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)
  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Cyclic nucleotide gated ion channels
  • Second messenger
  • Stress responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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