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Calcium signalling in stomatal cell guards.

McAinsh, Martin and Gray, Julie E. and Hetherington, Alistair M. and Leckie, Callum P. and Ng, Carl K.-Y. (2000) Calcium signalling in stomatal cell guards. Biochemical Society Transactions, 28 (4). pp. 476-481. ISSN 0300-5127

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Abstract

Ca2+ is a ubiquitous second messenger in the signal transduction pathway(s) by which stomatal guard cells respond to external stimuli. Increases in guard-cell cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]cyt) have been observed in response to stimuli that cause both stomatal opening and closure. In addition, several important components of Ca2+-based signalling pathways have been identified in guard cells, including the cADP-ribose and phospholipase C/Ins(1,4,5)P3-mediated Ca2+-mobilizing pathways. The central role of stimulus-induced increases in [Ca2+]cyt in guard-cell signal transduction has been clearly demonstrated in experiments examining the effects of modulating increases in [Ca2+]cyt on alterations in guard-cell turgor or the activity of ion channels that act as effectors in the guard-cell turgor response. In addition, the paradox that Ca2+ is involved in the transduction of signals that result in opposite end responses (stomatal opening and closure) might be accounted for by the generation of stimulus-specific Ca2+ signatures, such that increases in [Ca2+]cyt exhibit unique spatial and temporal characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Biochemical Society Transactions
Uncontrolled Keywords: calcium signalling ; stomata ; specificity.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 8977
Deposited By: Dr Martin R McAinsh
Deposited On: 20 May 2008 11:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:29
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8977

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