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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

Plant condensates: no longer membrane-less?

Hatzianestis, Ioannis H.; Mountourakis, Fanourios; Stavridou, Stella; Moschou, Panagiotis N.


Cellular condensation is a reinvigorated area of study in biology, with scientific discussions focusing mainly on the forces that drive condensate formation, properties, and functions. Usually, condensates are called 'membrane-less' to highlight the absence of a surrounding membrane and the lack of associated contacts. In this opinion article we take a different direction, focusing on condensates that may be interfacing with membranes and their possible functions. We also highlight changes in condensate material properties brought about by condensate-membrane interactions, proposing how condensates-membrane interfaces could potentially affect interorganellar communication, development, and growth, but also adaptation in an evolutionary context. We would thus like to stimulate research in this area, which is much less understood in plants com-pared with the animal field.



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Trends in Plant Science
2023, Volume: 28, number: 10, pages: 1101-1112
Publisher: CELL PRESS

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