Review: Mitogen-Activated Protein kinases in nutritional signaling in Arabidopsis

Camille Chardin, Sebastian T. Schenk, Heribert Hirt, Jean Colcombet, Anne Krapp

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Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) cascades are functional modules widespread among eukaryotic organisms. In plants, these modules are encoded by large multigenic families and are involved in many biological processes ranging from stress responses to cellular differentiation and organ development. Furthermore, MAPK pathways are involved in the perception of environmental and physiological modifications. Interestingly, some MAPKs play a role in several signaling networks and could have an integrative function for the response of plants to their environment. In this review, we describe the classification of MAPKs and highlight some of their biochemical actions. We performed an in silico analysis of MAPK gene expression in response to nutrients supporting their involvement in nutritional signaling. While several MAPKs have been identified as players in sugar, nitrogen, phosphate, iron and potassium-related signaling pathways, their biochemical functions are yet mainly unknown. The integration of these regulatory cascades in the current understanding of nutrient signaling is discussed and potential new avenues for approaches toward plants with higher nutrient use efficiencies are evoked.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Science
StatePublished - Apr 14 2017

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work has benefited from a French State grant (LabEx Saclay Plant Sciences-SPS, ref. ANR-10-LABX-0040-SPS), managed by the French National Research Agency under an “Investments for the Future” program (ref. ANR-11-IDEX-0003-02). This work was supported by a base fund research grant to HH from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). This publication has been written with the support of the AgreenSkills+ fellowship program which has received funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Program under grant agreement N° FP7-609398 (AgreenSkills+ contract) to STS.


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