Plant cell surface receptor-mediated signaling - a common theme amid diversity. Academic Article uri icon


  • Sessile plants employ a diverse array of plasma membrane-bound receptors to perceive endogenous and exogenous signals for regulation of plant growth, development and immunity. These cell surface receptors include receptor-like kinases (RLKs) and receptor-like proteins (RLPs) that harbor different extracellular domains for perception of distinct ligands. Several RLK and RLP signaling pathways converge at the somatic embryogenesis receptor kinases (SERKs), which function as shared co-receptors. A repertoire of receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases (RLCKs) associate with the receptor complexes to relay intracellular signaling. Downstream of the receptor complexes, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are among the key signaling modules at which the signals converge, and these cascades regulate diverse cellular and physiological responses through phosphorylation of different downstream substrates. In this Review, we summarize the emerging common theme that underlies cell surface receptor-mediated signaling pathways in Arabidopsisthaliana: the dynamic association of RLKs and RLPs with specific co-receptors and RLCKs for signal transduction. We further discuss how signaling specificities are maintained through modules at which signals converge, with a focus on SERK-mediated receptor signaling.

published proceedings

  • J Cell Sci

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • He, Y., Zhou, J., Shan, L., & Meng, X.

citation count

  • 77

complete list of authors

  • He, Yunxia||Zhou, Jinggeng||Shan, Libo||Meng, Xiangzong

editor list (cited editors)

  • Russinova, J.

publication date

  • January 2018