J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2020, Vol. 62 ›› Issue (1): 55-69.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12895

Special Issue: Abiotic stress

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The roles of endomembrane trafficking in plant abiotic stress responses

Xiangfeng Wang1†*, Min Xu2†, Caiji Gao2, Yonglun Zeng3, Yong Cui3, Wenjin Shen2* and Liwen Jiang3   

  1. 1State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
    2Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Biotechnology for Plant Development, School of Life Sciences, South China Normal University (SCNU), Guangzhou 510631, China
    3School of Life Sciences, Centre for Cell & Developmental Biology and State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China

    These authors contributed equally to this work.
    Email: Wenjin Shen (shenwenjin@m.scnu.edu.cn); or Xiangfeng Wang (wangxf2017@cau.edu.cn, Dr. Wang is fully responsible for the distribution of all materials associated with this article)
  • Received:2019-10-30 Accepted:2019-12-10 Online:2019-12-12 Published:2020-01-01


Endomembrane trafficking is a fundamental cellular process in all eukaryotic cells and its regulatory mechanisms have been extensively studied. In plants, the endomembrane trafficking system needs to be constantly adjusted to adapt to the ever‐changing environment. Evidence has accumulated supporting the idea that endomembrane trafficking is tightly linked to stress signaling pathways to meet the demands of rapid changes in cellular processes and to ensure the correct delivery of stress‐related cargo molecules. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In this review, we summarize the recent findings on the functional roles of both secretory trafficking and endocytic trafficking in different types of abiotic stresses. We also highlight and discuss the unique properties of specific regulatory molecules beyond their conventional functions in endosomal trafficking during plant growth under stress conditions.

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