The role of chitin detection in plant--pathogen interactions

Microbes Infect. 2011 Dec;13(14-15):1168-76. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2011.07.010. Epub 2011 Aug 5.

Abstract

Despite the deployment of antifungal defence strategies, fungal diseases occur in all types of multicellular organisms. In plants, the role of fungal chitin as pathogen-associated molecular pattern that activates host defence is well established. Interestingly, plants employ homologs of the chitin immune receptors to initiate microbial symbiosis. Accumulating evidence shows that fungal pathogens developed secreted effectors to disarm chitin-triggered host immunity.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Chitin / immunology*
  • Fungal Proteins / immunology
  • Fungi / immunology*
  • Fungi / metabolism
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions* / immunology
  • Mycoses / immunology*
  • Mycoses / microbiology
  • Plant Diseases / immunology
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Immunity*
  • Plant Proteins / immunology
  • Plants / immunology*
  • Plants / microbiology
  • Receptors, Pattern Recognition / immunology
  • Rhizobiaceae / physiology
  • Signal Transduction / immunology*
  • Symbiosis / immunology*

Substances

  • Fungal Proteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Receptors, Pattern Recognition
  • Chitin