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Describes the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying coding and decoding of calcium signals in plant cells
With contributions by international experts
Provides a clear overview of the basics
Plants cannot move away from their environments. As a result, all plants that have survived to date have evolved sophisticated signaling mechanisms that allow them to perceive, respond, and adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions. Among the many cellular processes that respond to environmental changes, elevation of calcium levels is by far the most universal messenger that matches primary signals to cellular responses. Yet it remains unclear how calcium, a simple cation, translates so many different signals into distinct responses - how is the “specificity” of signal-response coupling encoded within the calcium changes?
This book will attempt to answer this question by describing the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the coding and decoding of calcium signals in plant cells.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »calcium - calcium sensors - ion channels - protein kinases - signal transduction