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The coordination of multiple metabolic activities in plants relies on an interorganelle communication network established through membrane contact sites (MCS). The MCS are maintained in transient or durable configurations by tethering structures which keep the two membranes in close proximity, and create chemical microdomains that allow localized and targeted exchange of small molecules and possibly proteins. The past few years have witnessed a dramatic increase in our understanding of the structural and molecular organization of plant interorganelle MCS, and their crucial roles in plant specialized functions including stress responses, cell to cell communication, and lipid transport. In this review we summarize recent advances in understanding the molecular components, structural organization, and functions of different plant-specific MCS architectures. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Jessica Pérez-Sancho, Jens Tilsner, A Lacey Samuels, Miguel A Botella, Emmanuelle M Bayer, Abel Rosado. Stitching Organelles: Organization and Function of Specialized Membrane Contact Sites in Plants. Trends in cell biology. 2016 Sep;26(9):705-17

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