Sphingolipid Signaling in Plants

  • Louise V. MichaelsonEmail author
  • Johnathan A. Napier
Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 16)


Until relatively recently, plant sphingolipids were generally considered to be minor cellular components of limited importance. However, research over the last decade has shown that sphingolipids play key roles in many aspects of plant biology, including reproduction, development and also biotic and abiotic stress. Sphingolipids play an important role as structural components of membranes and have been shown to be enriched in membrane microdomains synonomous with so-called lipid rafts. In addition to their structural role, sphingolipid metabolites are, by analogy with other non-plant systems, likely to act as signaling compounds. This emerging area is discussed in this chapter and the evidence for sphingolipid signaling in plants is considered.


Guard Cell Sphingosine Kinase Sphingolipid Metabolism Ceramide Synthesis Sphingolipid Biosynthesis 
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  1. 1.Biological Chemistry DepartmentRothamsted ResearchHertsUK

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