Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2017, Vol. 52 ›› Issue (6): 788-796.DOI: 10.11983/CBB16164

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Applications of Single-cell Technologies in Guard Cells

Niu Yanli, Bai Shenglong, Wang Qiyun, Liu Lingyun*()   

  1. Key Laboratory of Plant Stress Biology, College of Life Sciences, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
  • Received:2016-08-08 Accepted:2017-03-06 Online:2017-11-01 Published:2018-02-22
  • Contact: Liu Lingyun

Abstract: Single-cell technologies have been used in an increasing number of animal studies, but the techniques have yet to be widely used in plants, especially in guard cells. Stomatal pores are formed by pairs of guard cells and serve as major gateways for both CO2 influx into plants from the atmosphere and transpirational water loss. The application of single-cell technologies will be valuable for better understanding the underlying mechanisms of stomatal pores. In this review, we discuss single-cell technologies, current research and problems with guard cells and focus on the application of single-cell technologies to guard cells. Single-cell technologies may have potential to provide new perspectives for plant problems, such as development, metabolism and response to environmental stresses of guard cells.

Key words: single cell, guard cells, functional analysis, signaling