The Cytoskeleton

Diverse Roles in a Plant’s Life

  • Vaidurya Pratap Sahi
  • František Baluška

Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Yang Wang, Ritika Kulshreshtha, Arun Sampathkumar
    Pages 23-36
  3. Takeshi Haraguchi, Zhongrui Duan, Masanori Tamanaha, Kohji Ito, Motoki Tominaga
    Pages 49-61
  4. Pengfei Cao, Federica Brandizzi
    Pages 125-153

About this book


This book focuses on the plant cytoskeleton and its various cross-talks with other cellular components leading to its role in plant growth and development. It not only allows the geometric and signaling dimensions of cells, but is also very important in physiological processes. The book discusses the recent studies showing the role of actin and microtubule cytoskeleton interactions in cell-wall assembly and dynamics.  The authors examine the role of both microtubules in the mechanics of plant cells, and actin filaments in the motility of   chloroplasts. Based on recent advances in the study of the acto-myosin complex using high-resolution microscopy, they propose a new model for intracellular transport in plants. Exploring an almost-forgotten field of bioelectricity in the context of the cytoskeleton, the book highlights connections between the dynamic actin filaments and the bioelectricity of membranes and demonstrates that the plant cytoskeleton is involved in the distribution of plant hormones. Lastly, it addresses the role of endomembrane -cytoskeleton interactions to show the importance of the cytoskeleton in organelle morphogenesis and cellular functions.  Studies in various plant models have shown how the actin filament and microtubules control and coordinate plant cell growth and development. This book summarizes the mechanisms underlying these functions.


Actin Filaments Cytoskeleton-nucleoskelton Interface Division Plane Establishment Microtubules Phototropism Plant Actin-myosin System Plant Biomechanics Stomatal Opening

Editors and affiliations

  • Vaidurya Pratap Sahi
    • 1
  • František Baluška
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanical InstituteKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.IZMB, Department of Plant Cell BiologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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