Special Issue "Nitric Oxide Signaling in Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)
Nitric oxide (NO) is a gaseous reactive molecule which is a key component of plant cell signaling mechanisms. NO is involved in the breaking of seed germination, the growth and development of the plant as well as flower senescence and formation of root nodules in legumes. Stress responses of plants, such as drought and pathogen challenge, involve the generation and accumulation of NO in plant cells. NO can be produced in plant cells by several mechanisms, one of the main sources being the enzyme nitrate reductase. Being relatively reactive NO can interact with superoxide anions to produce peroxynitrite, or with hydrogen sulfide to create nitrosothiols, both which can control cellular events. NO once produced can react with a variety of downstream protein targets. These include proteins which contain iron, often within heme, such as guanylyl cyclase and leghemoglobin which may lead to further signaling or NO removal. Modification of thiol groups of proteins by NO, a process known as S-nitrosation (or S-nitrosylation) is a key mechanism by which signaling is propagated in cells. This protein modification can be reversed by SNO-reductases, allowing such signaling to be toggled on and off. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight the production and roles of NO in plants, along with the ways NO can interact with other reactive signaling molecules, leading to coordinated signaling events in plants.
Prof. John Hancock
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- nitric oxide
- reactive oxygen species
- stress responses
- thiol modification
- nitrate reductase