Actin based processes that could determine the cytoplasmic architecture of plant cells

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Actin polymerisation can generate forces that are necessary for cell movement, such as the propulsion of a class of bacteria, including Listeria, and the protrusion of migrating animal cells. Force generation by the actin cytoskeleton in plant cells has not been studied. One process in plant cells that is likely to depend on actin-based force generation is the organisation of the cytoplasm. We compare the function of actin binding proteins of three well-studied mammalian models that depend on actin-based force generation with the function of their homologues in plants. We predict the possible role of these proteins, and thus the role of actin-based force generation, in the production of cytoplasmic organisation in plant cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-614
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta. C, Molecular Cell Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007



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  • depolymerizing factor cofilin
  • arabidopsis root hairs
  • tobacco by-2 cells
  • arp2/3 complex
  • f-actin
  • listeria-monocytogenes
  • ena/vasp proteins
  • barbed-end
  • capping protein

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