Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 175–186 | Cite as

Interaction between hydrogen sulfide and hormones in plant physiological responses

  • Huyi He
  • Carlos Garcia-Mata
  • Long-Fei HeEmail author
Review paper


The gasotransmitter, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is involved in plant growth and development, and stress responses. Plant hormones influence the levels of endogenous H2S and H2S may affect the biosynthesis, transport, and signal transduction of different phytohormones. The dual role of H2S in the interaction with phytohormones contributes to the physiological functions of H2S in the life cycle and responses to abiotic stresses in plants. The biological effect of H2S might depend on the ratio between phytohormones. However, the mechanism by which H2S and plant hormones interplay in plants remains fragmentary. This review summarized the biosynthesis and degradation of H2S and discussed the cross-talk between H2S and different phytohormones along with the future perspectives.


Hydrogen sulfide Plant hormone Interaction Transcription factor Plant 



Abscisic acid


1-Aminocyclopropane 1-carboxylic acid


ACC oxidase


ACC synthase


AP2-domain-containing transcription factors




Carbonic anhydrase


Cyanoalanine synthase




Cysteine desulfhydrases


Calcium-dependent protein kinase


Carbon monoxide


Carbonyl sulfide




d-Cysteine desulfhydrase


l-Cys desulfhydrase




Elongated uppermost internode






Heme oxidase


Hydrogen sulfide




Indole-3-acetic acid


Jasmonic acid




l-Cysteine desulfhydrase


9-cis-Epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase


Sodium hydrosulfide


Nitrogenase Fe–S cluster


Nitric oxide


N-1-naphthylphthalamic acid




Programmed cell death


Salicylic acid


Sulfite reductase



This study was supported by Grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31660352), the Science & Technology Development Fund of Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Guinongke2017JZ11 and Guinongke2017JZ21), and Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi (2015GXNSFAA139079). We thank the reviewers for their helpful comments on this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of AgronomyGuangxi UniversityNanningPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Cash Crops Research InstituteGuangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IIB-UNMdP-CONICET)Mar del PlataArgentina

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