Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2019, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (5): 642-651.DOI: 10.11983/CBB18260

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Research Advances in the Functions of Exocyst Complex in Plants

Tonghui Li1,Xiaonan Liu2,Jing Xu2,Shipeng Li2,Su Jiang2,*()   

  1. 1. College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China
    2. College of Life Sciences, Qilu Normal University, Jinan 250200, China
  • Received:2018-12-04 Accepted:2019-03-19 Online:2019-09-01 Published:2020-03-10
  • Contact: Su Jiang

Abstract: Vesicle trafficking is the biological process involving in budding, translocation, tethering and membrane fusion in all eukaryotic cells. Nine multisubunit tethering complexes (MTCs) are known to play roles in the intracellular transport, and the exocyst complex facilitates the tethering between transport vesicles and the plasma membrane (PM). The regulatory mechanism of the exocyst complex had been extensively studied in yeast and animals, whereas rapid research progress on plant exocyst has been made in recent years. Recent findings show that the plant exocyst complex has unique regulatory characteristics and is widely involved in plant growth, development and stress responses. Here we summarize research progress on the plant exocyst complex to provide a reference for future study of exocyst function in plants.

Key words: vesicle trafficking, multisubunit tethering complexes, exocyst complex