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Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 204–213 | Cite as

MAP kinases in plant signal transduction

  • C. Jonak
  • W. Ligterink
  • H. HirtEmail author
Article

Abstract

Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways are modules involved in the transduction of extracellular signals to intracellular targets in all eukaryotes. Distinct MAPK pathways are regulated by different extracellular stimuli and are implicated in a wide variety of biological processes. In plants there is evidence for MAPKs playing a role in the signaling of abiotic stresses, pathogens and plant hormones. The large number and divergence of plant MAPKs indicates that this ancient mechanism of bioinformatics is extensively used in plants and may provide a new molecular handle on old questions.

Key words. Signal transduction; MAP kinase; protein kinase; phosphorylation. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology and GeneticsVienna BiocenterViennaAustria

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