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Membrane contact sites and cytoskeleton-membrane interactions in autophagy

Duckney, Patrick J.; Wang, Pengwei; Hussey, Patrick J.

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Pengwei Wang


In Eukaryotes, organelle interactions occur at specialised contact sites between organelle membranes. Contact sites are regulated by specialised tethering proteins, which bring organelle membranes into close proximity, and facilitate functional crosstalk between compartments. Whilst contact site proteins are well characterised in mammals and yeast, the regulators of plant contact site formation are only now beginning to emerge. Having unique subcellular structures, plants must also utilise unique mechanisms of organelle interaction to regulate plant-specific functions. The recently characterised NETWORKED proteins are the first dedicated family of plant-specific contact site proteins. Research into the NET proteins and their interacting partners continues to uncover plantspecific mechanisms of organelle interaction and the importance of these organelle contacts to plant life. Moreover, it is becoming increasingly apparent that organelle interactions are fundamental to autophagy in plants. Here, we will present recent developments in our understanding of the mechanisms of plant organelle interactions, their functions, and emerging roles in autophagy.


Duckney, P. J., Wang, P., & Hussey, P. J. (2022). Membrane contact sites and cytoskeleton-membrane interactions in autophagy. FEBS Letters, 596(17), 2093-2103.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2022
Publication Date 2022-09
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 7, 2023
Journal FEBS Letters
Print ISSN 0014-5793
Publisher Federation of European Biochemical Societies
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 596
Issue 17
Pages 2093-2103
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