Special Issue "Plant Cell Compartmentation and Volume Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
Prof. Dr. Gian-Pietro Di Sansebastiano
DISTEBA, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, University of Salento, Campus Ecotekne, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: endomembranes; compartmentalization in plant cells; organelle identity; traffic; ATPases; SNAREs; Rabs; transporters; in vitro culture
The plant cell possesses numerous membranous compartments in which are held the most diverse physiological activities. Ontogenesis and identity definition of some of these compartments (e.g. TGN and vacuoles) are not fully understood despite their importance. Some of these compartments were never observed in other organisms (vacuoles such as PAC and SAV) or are organized differently (Golgi apparatus).
Very specific functions have to be assured by each compartment and all contribute to the cell life with essential roles: macromolecules synthesis, sorting and accumulation, detoxification, cellular homeostasis, control of volume and cell development itself.
Many genes coding proteins involved in the control of endomembrane traffic duplicated and differentiated to provide high specificity in vesicle targeting and to maintain membrane identity. Essential proteins characterize the membrane of compartments with peculiar functions, such as the generation of important membrane voltages performed by strongly electrogenic H+-ATPases or as the accumulation of solutes to generate turgor pressure for cell expansion.
This special issue aims to stimulate original contributions on the definition of the identity of membranes and membranous compartments. Some of them, performing unique functions in plant cells, may represent important opportunities for studying processes not easily visualized in other eukaryotic cells. Many actors such as SNAREs, Rabs, transporters, pumps, as well as sterols, phospholipids, phosphoinositides play important roles.
The understanding of compartment functional specificity and shape control regulation might possibly open the way to compartments manipulation for biotechnological purposes.
Dr. Gian-Pietro Di Sansebastiano
XVII ENPER meeting, a partner of International Journal of Molecular Science, will be hold on 8-11 September 2014, Lecce, Italy. Selected papers from this meeting will be published in this issue. Detailed information of the meeting can be found at http://www.enper2014.com/.
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- organelle identity