A moving view: subcellular trafficking processes in pattern recognition receptor-triggered plant immunity

Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2015;53:379-402. doi: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-080614-120347.


A significant challenge for plants is to induce localized defense responses at sites of pathogen attack. Therefore, host subcellular trafficking processes enable accumulation and exchange of defense compounds, which contributes to the plant on-site defenses in response to pathogen perception. This review summarizes our current understanding of the transport processes that facilitate immunity, the significance of which is highlighted by pathogens reprogramming membrane trafficking through host cell translocated effectors. Prominent immune-related cargos of plant trafficking pathways are the pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), which must be present at the plasma membrane to sense microbes in the apoplast. We focus on the dynamic localization of the FLS2 receptor and discuss the pathways that regulate receptor transport within the cell and their link to FLS2-mediated immunity. One emerging theme is that ligand-induced late endocytic trafficking is conserved across different PRR protein families as well as across different plant species.

Keywords: FLS2; MAMP; PRR; endocytosis; membrane trafficking.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Plant Immunity*
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Plants / immunology*
  • Protein Transport
  • Receptors, Pattern Recognition / genetics*
  • Receptors, Pattern Recognition / metabolism


  • Plant Proteins
  • Receptors, Pattern Recognition