J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2015, Vol. 57 ›› Issue (4): 330-340.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12342

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The connection of cytoskeletal network with plasma membrane and the cell wall

Zengyu Liu1, Staffan Persson1,2 and Yi Zhang1*   

  1. 1Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, 14476 Potsdam, Germany
    2ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • Received:2014-11-14 Accepted:2015-02-14 Published:2015-04-01
  • About author:*Correspondence: E-mail: yzhang@mpimp-golm.mpg.de


The cell wall provides external support of the plant cells, while the cytoskeletons including the microtubules and the actin filaments constitute an internal framework. The cytoskeletons contribute to the cell wall biosynthesis by spatially and temporarily regulating the transportation and deposition of cell wall components. This tight control is achieved by the dynamic behavior of the cytoskeletons, but also through the tethering of these structures to the plasma membrane. This tethering may also extend beyond the plasma membrane and impact on the cell wall, possibly in the form of a feedback loop. In this review, we discuss the linking components between the cytoskeletons and the plasma membrane, and/or the cell wall. We also discuss the prospective roles of these components in cell wall biosynthesis and modifications, and aim to provide a platform for further studies in this field.


Liu Z, Persson S, Zhang Y (2015) The connection of cytoskeletal network with plasma membrane and the cell wall. J Integr Plant Biol 57: 330–340 doi: 10.1111/jipb.12342

Key words: Cytoskeleton, plant cell wall, plasma membrane

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