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Plant Endoplasmic Reticulum-Plasma Membrane Contact Sites

Wang, P.; Hawes, C.; Hussey, P.J.

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P. Wang

C. Hawes


The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) acts as a superhighway with multiple sideroads that connects the different membrane compartments including the ER to the plasma membrane (PM). ER–PM contact sites (EPCSs) are a common feature in eukaryotic organisms, but have not been studied well in plants owing to the lack of molecular markers and to the difficulty in resolving the EPCS structure using conventional microscopy. Recently, however, plant protein complexes required for linking the ER and PM have been identified. This is a further step towards understanding the structure and function of plant EPCSs. We highlight some recent studies in this field and suggest several hypotheses that relate to the possible function of EPCSs in plants.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2016
Online Publication Date Dec 9, 2016
Publication Date Apr 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 9, 2017
Journal Trends in Plant Science
Print ISSN 1360-1385
Publisher Cell Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 4
Pages 289-297
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