, Volume 186, Issue 3–4, pp 113–121 | Cite as

Comparing plant and animal extracellular matrix-cytoskeleton connections — are they alike?

  • C. Reuzeau
  • R. F. Pont-Lezica
Review Article


Cell adhesion and communication is one of the most fascinating fields of modern biology. How do cells receive information from the environment and from neighboring cells? How does this information elicit morphogenesis, cell division and migration? The recent identification of the surface molecules involved in these events in animal systems is beginning to disclose that a continuum, extracellular matrix-plasma membrane-cytoskeleton, may be a common structure present in all eukaryotic cells. In this article we compare current knowledge on this complex structure in animal systems to the emerging data on plants. We point out the areas that need additional research to fully understand the role of the cell wall-cytoskeleton continuum in plants.


Adhesion Cell wall Cytoskeleton Extracellular matrix Integrin Plasma membrane 



actin-binding protein


arabinogalactan proteins




extracellular matrix




human fibronectin


hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins


human vitronectin


plasma membrane


substrate adhesion molecule




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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Reuzeau
    • 1
  • R. F. Pont-Lezica
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyWashington UniversitySt. Louis
  2. 2.Centre de Biologie et Physiologie Végétale, URA 1457Université Paul SabatierToulouse CédéxFrance

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