Editor R. Hedrich
Plants and fungi in the era of heterogeneous plasma membranes*
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2010
© 2010 German Botanical Society and The Royal Botanical Society of the Netherlands
Special Issue: Dynamics and Regulation of Plant Membrane Transport
Volume 12, Issue Supplement s1, pages 94–98, September 2010
How to Cite
Opekarová, M., Malinsky, J. and Tanner, W. (2010), Plants and fungi in the era of heterogeneous plasma membranes. Plant Biology, 12: 94–98. doi: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2010.00356.x
This article was published online on 7 June 2010. An error was subsequently identified. This notice is included in the online and print versions to indicate that both have been corrected on 28 July 2010.
- Issue published online: 16 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2010
- Received: 7 January 2010; Accepted: 31 March 2010
- Confocal microscopy;
- plasma membrane;
- raft-like micro domains
Examples from yeast and plant cells are described that show that their plasma membrane is laterally compartmented. Distinct lateral domains encompassing both specific lipids and integral proteins coexist within the plane of the plasma membrane. The compartments are either spatially stable and include distinct sets of proteins, or they are transiently formed to accomplish diverse functions. They are not related to lipid rafts or their clusters, as defined for mammalian cells. This review summarises only well-documented compartments of plasma membranes from plants and fungi, which have been recognised using microscopic approaches. In several cases, physiological functions of the membrane compartmentation are revealed.