Activation of a putative MAP kinase in pollen is stimulated by the self-incompatibility (SI) response

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Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) operate downstream of receptor-ligand interactions, playing a pivotal role in responses to extracellular signals. The self-incompatibility (SI) response in Papaver rhoeas L. triggers a Ca2+-dependent signalling cascade resulting in inhibition of incompatible pollen. We have investigated the possible involvement of MAPKs in SI. We report the enhanced activation of a 56 kDa protein kinase (p56) in SI-induced pollen and provide evidence that p56 has MAPK activity. This provides an important advance in our understanding of the SI response. We believe this is the first direct biochemical demonstration of activation of a MAPK during SI.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2003


  • protein phosphorylation, pollen, self-incompatibility, mitogen-activated protein kinase