Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 32, Issue 7, pp 1085–1098 | Cite as

Jasmonate signaling in plant development and defense response to multiple (a)biotic stresses

  • Angelo Santino
  • Marco Taurino
  • Stefania De Domenico
  • Stefania Bonsegna
  • Palmiro Poltronieri
  • Victoria Pastor
  • Victor Flors


Plants frequently live in environments characterized by the presence of simultaneous and different stresses. The intricate and finely tuned molecular mechanisms activated by plants in response to abiotic and biotic environmental factors are not well understood, and less is known about the integrative signals and convergence points activated by plants in response to multiple (a)biotic stresses. Phytohormones play a key role in plant development and response to (a)biotic stresses. Among these, one of the most important signaling molecules is an oxylipin, the plant hormone jasmonic acid. Oxylipins are derived from oxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Jasmonic acid and its volatile derivative methyl jasmonate have been considered for a long time to be the bioactive forms due to their physiological effects and abundance in the plant. However, more recent studies showed unambiguously that they are only precursors of the active forms represented by some amino acid conjugates. Upon developmental or environmental stimuli, jasmonates are synthesized and accumulate transiently. Upon perception, jasmonate signal transduction process is finely tuned by a complex mechanism comprising specific repressor proteins which in turn control a number of transcription factors regulating the expression of jasmonate responsive genes. We discuss the latest discoveries about the role of jasmonates in plants resistance mechanism against biotic and abiotic stresses. Finally, the deep interplay of different phytohormones in stresses signaling will be also discussed.


Abiotic stresses Biotic stresses Hormones signaling Jasmonates Transcription factors 



Stefania Bonsegna was supported by a grant in the context of the ABSTRESS project (project number: FP7-KBBE-2011-5-289562).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelo Santino
    • 1
  • Marco Taurino
    • 1
  • Stefania De Domenico
    • 1
  • Stefania Bonsegna
    • 1
    • 2
  • Palmiro Poltronieri
    • 1
  • Victoria Pastor
    • 3
  • Victor Flors
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Sciences of Food Production C.N.R. Unit of LecceLecceItaly
  2. 2.BiotecgenLecceItaly
  3. 3.Dpto de Ciencias Agrarias y del Medio Natural, Universitat Jaume ICastellonSpain

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