Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 80, Issue 13, pp 1701–1715 | Cite as

Plant Proteases Involved in Regulated Cell Death

  • A. A. ZamyatninJr.Email author


Each plant genome encodes hundreds of proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes can be divided into five distinct classes: cysteine-, serine-, aspartic-, threonine-, and metalloproteinases. Despite the differences in their structural properties and activities, members of all of these classes in plants are involved in the processes of regulated cell death–a basic feature of eukaryotic organisms. Regulated cell death in plants is an indispensable mechanism supporting plant development, survival, stress responses, and defense against pathogens. This review summarizes recent advances in studies of plant proteolytic enzymes functioning in the initiation and execution of distinct types of regulated cell death.

Key words

programmed cell death PCD apoptosis autophagy vacuolar processing enzyme metacaspase phytaspase papain-like protease proteasome 



endoplasmic reticulum


Nomenclature Committee on Cell Death


programmed cell death


positional scanning substrate combinatorial library


regulated cell death


vacuolar processing enzyme.


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  1. 1.Institute of Molecular MedicineSechenov First Moscow State Medical UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical BiologyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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