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Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2015 Apr 29;66:113-137. doi:10.1146/annurev-arplant-043014-114700


Mechanosensitive (MS) ion channels are a common mechanism for perceiving and responding to mechanical force. This class of mechanoreceptors is capable of transducing membrane tension directly into ion flux. In plant systems, MSion channels have been proposed to play a wide array of roles, from the perception of touch and gravity to the osmotic homeostasis of intracellular organelles. Three families of plant MS ion channels have been identified: the MscS-like (MSL), Mid1-complementing activity (MCA), and two-pore potassium (TPK) families. Channels from these families vary widely in structure and function, localize to multiple cellular compartments, and conduct chloride, calcium, and/or potassium ions. However, they are still likely to represent only a fraction of the MS ion channel diversity in plant systems.


Preprint. Posted with permission from the Annual Review of Plant Biology, Volume 66, © 2015 by Annual Reviews,; DOI: 10.1146/annurev-arplant-043014-114700.