Jasmonate and salicylate as global signals for defense gene expression

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1998 Oct;1(5):404-11. doi: 10.1016/s1369-5266(98)80264-1.


Remarkably, only a few low molecular mass signals, including jasmonic acid, ethylene and salicylic acid, upregulate the expression of scores of defense-related genes. Using these regulators, the plant fine-tunes its defense gene expression against aggressors which, in some cases, may be able to disrupt or amplify plant defense signal pathways to their own ends.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Arabidopsis / metabolism
  • Cyclopentanes / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant*
  • Oxylipins
  • Plant Growth Regulators / metabolism*
  • Salicylic Acid / metabolism*


  • Cyclopentanes
  • Oxylipins
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • jasmonic acid
  • Salicylic Acid