Plants and animals: a different taste for microbes?

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2005 Aug;8(4):353-60. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2005.05.004.


Plants and animals can recognize potential pathogens by detecting pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Significant advances over the past few years have begun to unveil the molecular basis of PAMP perception by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Although these discoveries highlight common recognition strategies among higher eukaryotes, they also show differences with respect to the nature of the receptors involved and the exact molecular patterns recognized. This suggests a convergent evolution of microbe sensing by the innate immune systems of these various organisms.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens / immunology
  • Bacteria / chemistry
  • Bacteria / immunology*
  • Biological Evolution
  • Fungi / immunology
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / physiology
  • Oomycetes / immunology
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plants / immunology*
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Plants / microbiology*
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / physiology
  • Species Specificity
  • Toll-Like Receptors


  • Antigens
  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Toll-Like Receptors