Multiple Vacuoles in Plant Cells: Rule or Exception?
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Munksgaard
Volume 9, Issue 10, pages 1564–1570, October 2008
How to Cite
Frigerio, L., Hinz, G. and Robinson, D. G. (2008), Multiple Vacuoles in Plant Cells: Rule or Exception?. Traffic, 9: 1564–1570. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0854.2008.00776.x
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2008
- Received 21 April 2008, revised and accepted for publication 30 May 2008, uncorrected manuscript published online 5 June 2008, published online 9 July 2008
- lytic vacuole;
- protein storage vacuole;
- sorting signal;
- storage proteins;
- tonoplast intrinsic protein;
- vacuolar sorting;
It is generally accepted that plant cells can contain multiple vacuoles with different functions, for example lytic vacuoles with lysosome-like properties and protein storage vacuoles for reserve accumulation. Recent data call into question the generality of this theory. In this study, we review the published evidence for the existence of multiple vacuoles. We conclude that the multivacuole hypothesis is valid for a number of cases, but care should be taken before assuming that it applies universally.