About this Research Topic
Cellular asymmetry in the shape and the distribution of cellular components is referred as cell polarity. Cell polarity is associated with the formation of functionally specialized domains in the plasma membrane (PM), which facilitates diverse cellular processes, such as cell and tissue differentiation and vectorial transport of functional molecules at the intra-and inter-cellular levels. Vesicular trafficking and dynamic cytoskeleton organization are tightly related to the regulation of cell and developmental polarity in plants.
Recent studies have discovered that plant cells have diverse sets of polar-localized PM proteins and they elucidated the underlining mechanisms as well as the biological functions of polar localized proteins. Thus, the aim of this Research Topic is to extend our understanding of the processes involved in plant cell polarity formation and maintenance, which underpin many aspects of plant growth and development. We also aim to cover studies conducted in divergent plant lineages, including angiosperms, algae and bryophytes, so that new insights will be provided to compare the mechanisms for cell polarity formation in different organisms in order to better understand the process of morphological diversification during plant evolution. We welcome contributions as Original Research, Reviews and Methods articles related to the following topics:
- Cell polarity for morphogenesis and developmental patterning
- Cell polarity for specialized functions
- Vesicular trafficking and cytoskeletal dynamics underlying cell polarity
- Extracellular regulation of cell polarity
- Environmental regulation/modification of plant cell polarity
- Cell polarity in plant evolution
This Research Topic will showcase the recent advances around plant cell polarity, which involves plant growth and development and open avenues towards future studies of related fields.
Keywords: Plant Cell Polarity, Plasma Membrane, Vesicular Trafficking and Cytoskeletal Dynamics, Plant Evolution
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