(18-03-2014) An international group of scientists led by Daniel Van Damme and Geert De Jaeger from VIB and Ghent University together with Staffan Persson at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam (Germany) identified a novel protein complex that lies at the basis of this endocytosis in plants. This finding was published today in the scientific journal Cell.
Plant cells are in contact with the outside world via proteins in the cell membrane. These proteins have different functions and can be compared with antennas, switches and ports.
For the proper functioningofthecell,thecompositionofthemembraneproteinsmust be constantlyadjusted.Novel proteinsare incorporated intothemembrane,whileoldproteins are includedandare recycledbackthroughthe cell.
In 2013, thedepartmentofPlant Systems Biology of VIBandGhent Universitypublishedno fewerthan 100scientific articles. 2013 was a 'grandcruyear' forplant research in Ghent.