Mechanisms of plant desiccation tolerance.

F.A. Hoekstra, E.A. Golovina, J. Buitink

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Abstract

Anhydrobiosis (`life without water') is the remarkable ability of certain organisms to survive almost total dehydration. It requires a coordinated series of events during dehydration that are associated with preventing oxidative damage and maintaining the native structure of macromolecules and membranes. The preferential hydration of macromolecules is essential when there is still bulk water present, but replacement by sugars becomes important upon further drying. Recent advances in our understanding of the mechanism of anhydrobiosis include the downregulation of metabolism, dehydration-induced partitioning of amphiphilic compounds into membranes and immobilization of the cytoplasm in a stable multicomponent glassy matrix.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-438
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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