Vacuolar convolution: Possible mechanisms and role of phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate

Vadim Pérez Koldenkova, Noriyuki Hatsugai

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The central or lytic vacuole is the largest intracellular organelle in plant cells but we know unacceptably little about the mechanisms regulating its function in vivo. The underlying reasons are related to difficulties in accessing this organelle without disrupting the cellular integrity and to the dynamic morphology of the vacuole, which lacks a defined structure. Among such morphological changes, vacuolar convolution is probably the most commonly observed event, reflected in the (reversible) transformation of a large central vacuole into a structure consisting of interconnected bubbles of a smaller size. Such behaviour is observed in plant cells subjected to hyperosmotic stress but also takes place in physiological conditions (e.g. during stomatal closure). Although vacuolar convolution is a relatively common phenomenon in plants, studies aimed at elucidating its execution mechanisms are rather scarce. In the present review, we analysethe available evidence on the participation of the cellular cytoskeleton and ion transporters in vacuolar morphology dynamics, putting special emphasis on the available evidence of the role played by phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate in this process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)751-760
Number of pages10
JournalFunctional Plant Biology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2017


  • 2 vacuolar fragmentation
  • PtdIns(3 5)P
  • guard cells
  • hyperosmotic shock
  • yeast.

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