Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening

Lawson, Tamunonengiyeofori, Mayes, Sean, Lycett, Grantley W. and Chin, Chiew Foan (2018) Plant Rabs and the role in fruit ripening. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews . ISSN 2046-5556

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Fruit ripening is a complex developmental process that involves the synthesis and modification of the cell wall leading up to the formation of an edible fruit. During the period of fruit ripening, new cell wall polymers and enzymes are synthesized and trafficked to the apoplast. Vesicle trafficking has been shown to play a key role in facilitating the synthesis and modification of cell walls in fruits. Through reverse genetics and gene expression studies, the importance of Rab guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases) as integral regulators of vesicle trafficking to the cell wall has been revealed. It has been a decade since a rich literature on the involvement of Rab GTPase in ripening was published. Therefore, this review sets out to summarize the progress in studies on the pivotal roles of Rab GTPases in fruit development and sheds light on new approaches that could be adopted in the fields of postharvest biology and fruit-ripening research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews on 14/06/2018, available online:
Keywords: Cell wall; Fruit ripening; Rab GTPase; Ras superfamily; Vesicle trafficking
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, Malaysia > Faculty of Science and Engineering — Science > School of Biosciences
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Plant and Crop Sciences
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Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:41

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