Nine things to know about elicitins

Lida Derevnina, Yasin F. Dagdas, Juan Carlos De la Concepcion, Aleksandra Bialas, Ronny Kellner, Benjamin Petre, Emmanouil Domazakis, Juan Du, Chih Hang Wu, Xiao Lin, Carolina Aguilera-Galvez, Neftaly Cruz-Mireles, Vivianne G.A.A. Vleeshouwers, Sophien Kamoun*

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Elicitins are structurally conserved extracellular proteins in Phytophthora and Pythium oomycete pathogen species. They were first described in the late 1980s as abundant proteins in Phytophthora culture filtrates that have the capacity to elicit hypersensitive (HR) cell death and disease resistance in tobacco. Later, they became well-established as having features of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) and to elicit defences in a variety of plant species. Research on elicitins culminated in the recent cloning of the elicitin response (ELR) cell surface receptor-like protein, from the wild potato Solanum microdontum, which mediates response to a broad range of elicitins. In this review, we provide an overview on elicitins and the plant responses they elicit. We summarize the state of the art by describing what we consider to be the nine most important features of elicitin biology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)888-895
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cell death
  • Elicitin response (ELR)
  • Elicitor
  • Hypersensitive response (HR)
  • INF1
  • Microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs)
  • Oomycetes


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