MAP kinase pathways: Molecular plug-and-play chips for the cell

Irute Meskiene, Heribert Hirt*

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Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways transduce a large variety of external signals in mammals, unicellular eukaryotes, and plants. In recent years, plant MAPK pathways have attracted increasing interest resulting in the isolation of a large number of different components. Studies on the function of these components have revealed that MAPKs play important roles in the response to a broad variety of stresses, but also in the signaling of plant hormones and the cell cycle. Besides giving an update on recent results, the success and logic of MAPK-based signal transduction cascades is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-806
Number of pages16
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cell cycle
  • Hormones
  • MAP kinase
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein kinase
  • Signal transduction
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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