Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase and Abscisic Acid Signal Transduction

  • Sjoukje Heimovaara-Dijkstra
  • Christa Testerink
  • Mei Wang
Part of the Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation book series (RESULTS, volume 27)


The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is a classical plant hormone, responsible for regulation of abscission, diverse aspects of plant and seed development, stress responses and germination.

It was found that ABA signal transduction in plants can involve the activity of type 2C-phosphatases (PP2C), calcium, potassium, pH and a transient activation of MAP kinase. The ABA signal transduction cascades have been shown to be tissue-specific, the transient activation of MAP kinase has unfil now only been found in barley aleurone cells.

However, type 2C phosphatases are involved in the induction of most ABA responses, as shown by the PP2C-deficient abi-mutants. These phosphatases show high homology with phosphatases that regulate MAP kinase activity in yeast. In addition, the role of farnesyl transferase as a negative regulator of ABA responses also indicates towards involvement of MAP kinase in ABA signal transduction. Farnesyl transferase is known to regulate Ras proteins, Ras proteins in turn are known to regulate MAP kinase activation. Interestingly, Ras-like proteins were detected in barley aleurone cells.

Further establishment of the involvement of MAP kinase in ABA signal transduction and its role therein, still awaits more study.


Abscisic Acid Guard Cell Phenylarsine Oxide Barley Aleurone Cell Abscisic Acid Signal Transduction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sjoukje Heimovaara-Dijkstra
  • Christa Testerink
  • Mei Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.TNO Department of Plant BiotechnologyCenter for Phytotechnology RUL/TNOAL LeidenThe Netherlands

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