Signaling and Cell Walls

  • Ewelina Rodakowska
  • Marta Derba-Maceluch
  • Anna Kasprowicz
  • Paweł Zawadzki
  • Agnieszka Szuba
  • Daniel Kierzkowski
  • Przemysław Wojtaszek
Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)


Cell walls are dynamic entities providing the link between cellular and organismal features of the plant. Being external to protoplasts, they provide not only the transportation pathways for signaling molecules, but also constitute a rich source of such molecules. Moreover, their spatial placement also makes them a specific “zone of the first contact” with the surrounding environment. Here, we provide a brief overview of the functions the walls play in plant signaling. We describe the physicochemical properties of the walls and discuss their impact on the type of signaling molecules transported via the apoplast, and the types of extracellular domains of receptor molecules. The role of the walls in the formation and maintenance of the structural and functional continuum between cell walls, the plasma membrane, and the cytoskeleton is then considered, especially with respect to mechanosensing, transduction of mechanical signals, and monitoring of cell wall integrity. Finally, a range of signaling molecules and their activities are reviewed.


Nitric Oxide Somatic Embryogenesis Shoot Apical Meristem Cell Wall Integrity Tyrosine Nitration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewelina Rodakowska
    • 1
  • Marta Derba-Maceluch
    • 1
  • Anna Kasprowicz
    • 1
  • Paweł Zawadzki
    • 1
  • Agnieszka Szuba
    • 2
  • Daniel Kierzkowski
    • 1
  • Przemysław Wojtaszek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of BiologyAdam Mickiewicz UniversityPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryPolish Academy of SciencesPoland

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