Mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades in plants: A new nomenclature

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Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are universal signal transduction modules in eukaryotes, including yeasts, animals and plants. These protein phosphorylation cascades link extracellular stimuli to a wide range of cellular responses. In plants, MAPK cascades are involved in responses to various biotic and abiotic stresses, hormones, cell division and developmental processes. Completion of the Arabidopsis genome-sequencing project has revealed the existence of 20 MAPKs, 10 MAPK kinases and 60 MAPK kinase kinases. Here, we propose a simplified nomenclature for Arabidopsis MAPKs and MAPK kinases that might also serve as a basis for standard annotation of these gene families in all plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in plant science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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