The role of ABA and MAPK signaling pathways in plant abiotic stress responses

Agyemang Danquah, Axel de Zelicourt, Jean Colcombet, Heribert Hirt*

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As sessile organisms, plants have developed specific mechanisms that allow them to rapidly perceive and respond to stresses in the environment. Among the evolutionarily conserved pathways, the ABA (abscisic acid) signaling pathway has been identified as a central regulator of abiotic stress response in plants, triggering major changes in gene expression and adaptive physiological responses. ABA induces protein kinases of the SnRK family to mediate a number of its responses. Recently, MAPK (mitogen activated protein kinase) cascades have also been shown to be implicated in ABA signaling. Therefore, besides discussing the role of ABA in abiotic stress signaling, we will also summarize the evidence for a role of MAPKs in the context of abiotic stress and ABA signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-52
Number of pages13
JournalBiotechnology Advances
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • ABA
  • Abiotic stress
  • Abscisic acid
  • MAP kinases
  • Mitogen-activated protein kinases
  • Signal transduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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