Researchers map plant immune system

Researchers from John Innes Centre (JIC) have mapped out the plant immune system. The research provides a roadmap to plant immunity, with a focus on cell-surface and intracellular immune receptors.

The review paper, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, explains concepts of the plant immune system to readers from diverse research backgrounds, including biological chemists, structural biologists, and biophysicists.

In the paper, the research team describes how receptors perceive signatures of pathogens and pests and initiate immune pathways. The merged existing concepts with new insights gained from recent breakthroughs on the structure and function of plant immune receptors, which have generated a shift in understanding cell-surface and intracellular immunity and the interplay between the two. This understanding of plant immunity helped discuss the potential of engineering the plant immune system with the aim of bolstering plant defenses against disease.

Bentham  et al 2020 A molecular roadmap to the plant immune system. Journal of Biological Chemistry 295, 14916-14935.

Source: Crop Biotech Update

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