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Plant endoplasmic reticulum–plasma membrane contact sites.

Wang, P. and Hawes, C. and Hussey, P.J. (2017) 'Plant endoplasmic reticulum–plasma membrane contact sites.', Trends in plant science., 22 (4). pp. 289-297.


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.

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Date accepted:01 November 2016
Date deposited:07 November 2016
Date of first online publication:09 December 2016
Date first made open access:09 December 2017

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