The Plant Plasma Membrane

  • Angus S. Murphy
  • Burkhard Schulz
  • Wendy Peer

Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Plasma Membrane Structure and Basic Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fabienne Furt, Françoise Simon-Plas, Sébastien Mongrand
      Pages 3-30
    3. Wendy Ann Peer
      Pages 31-56
    4. Arun Sampathkumar, Lutz Neumetzler, Staffan Persson
      Pages 57-85
    5. Jung-Youn Lee, Sung Ki Cho, Ross Sager
      Pages 87-107
  3. Plasma Membrane Transporters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Michael G. Palmgren, Lone Bækgaard, Rosa Laura López-Marqués, Anja Thoe Fuglsang
      Pages 177-192
    3. Rosario Vera-Estrella, Hans J. Bohnert
      Pages 193-222
    4. Laurent Nussaume, Eric Maréchal, Marie Christine Thibaud, Maryse A. Block
      Pages 237-251
    5. Rainer Hedrich, Uta Anschütz, Dirk Becker
      Pages 253-274
    6. James M. Connorton, Kendal D. Hirschi, Jon K. Pittman
      Pages 275-289
    7. Malcolm J. Hawkesford
      Pages 291-301
    8. Aaron Atkinson, Mary Lou Guerinot
      Pages 303-330
    9. Mechthild Tegeder, Doris Rentsch, John W. Patrick
      Pages 331-352
    10. Anne Sophie Knöller, Angus S. Murphy
      Pages 353-377
    11. Ian D. Kerr, David J. Carrier, Jamie Twycross
      Pages 379-397
  4. Signal Transduction at the Plasma Membrane

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. John M. Christie, Eirini Kaiserli, Stuart Sullivan
      Pages 423-436
    3. Yang Ju Im, Ingo Heilmann, Imara Y. Perera
      Pages 437-455
    4. Bronwyn J. Barkla, Omar Pantoja
      Pages 457-470
    5. Thorsten Nürnberger, Isabell Küfner
      Pages 471-483
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 485-491

About this book


In plant cells, the plasma membrane is a highly elaborated structure that functions as the point of exchange with adjoining cells, cell walls and the external environment. Transactions at the plasma membrane include uptake of water and essential mineral nutrients, gas exchange, movement of metabolites, transport and perception of signaling molecules, and initial responses to external biota. Selective transporters control the rates and direction of small molecule movement across the membrane barrier and manipulate the turgor that maintains plant form and drives plant cell expansion. The plasma membrane provides an environment in which molecular and macromolecular interactions are enhanced by the clustering of proteins in oligimeric complexes for more efficient retention of biosynthetic intermediates, and by the anchoring of protein complexes to promote regulatory interactions. The coupling of signal perception at the membrane surface with intracellular second messengers also involves transduction across the plasma membrane. Finally, the generation and ordering of the external cell walls involves processes mediated at the plant cell surface by the plasma membrane. This volume is divided into three sections. The first section describes the basic mechanisms that regulate all plasma membrane functions. The second describes plasma membrane transport activity. The final section of the book describes signaling interactions at the plasma membrane. These topics are given a unique treatment in this volume, as the discussions are restricted to the plasma membrane itself as much as possible. A more complete knowledge of the plasma membrane’s structure and function is essential to current efforts to increase the sustainability of agricultural production of food, fiber, and fuel crops.


cell surface signaling plant cell wall interactions plant intercellular transport plant membrane structure

Editors and affiliations

  • Angus S. Murphy
    • 1
  • Burkhard Schulz
    • 2
  • Wendy Peer
    • 3
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of HorticulturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Department of HorticulturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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