Potato protein tyrosine phosphatase StPTP1a is activated by StMKK1 to negatively regulate plant immunity

Fangfang Li, Xiaokang Chen, Ruixin Yang, Kun Zhang, Weixing Shan, Matthieu H.A.J. Joosten, Yu Du*

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Phytophthora infestans causes severe losses in potato production. The MAPK kinase StMKK1 was previously found to negatively regulate potato immunity to P. infestans. Our results showed that StMKK1 interacts with a protein tyrosine phosphatase, referred to as StPTP1a, and StMKK1 directly phosphorylates StPTP1a at residues Ser-99, Tyr-223 and Thr-290. StPTP1a is a functional phosphatase and the phosphorylation of StPTP1a at these three residues enhances its stability and catalytic activity. StPTP1a negatively regulates potato immunity and represses SA-related gene expression. Furthermore, StPTP1a interacts with, and dephosphorylates, the StMKK1 downstream signalling targets StMPK4 and −7 at their Tyr-203 residue resulting in the repression of salicylic acid (SA)-related immunity. Silencing of NbPTP1a + NbMPK4 or NbPTP1a + NbMPK7 abolished the plant immunity to P. infestans caused by NbPTP1a silencing, indicating that PTP1a functions upstream of NbMPK4 and NbMPK7. StMKK1 requires StPTP1a to negatively regulate SA-related immunity and StPTP1a is phosphorylated and stabilized during immune activation to promote the de-phosphorylation of StMPK4 and −7. Our results reveal that potato StMKK1 activates and stabilizes the tyrosine phosphatase StPTP1a that in its turn de-phosphorylates StMPK4 and −7, thereby repressing plant SA-related immunity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)646-661
JournalPlant Biotechnology Journal
Issue number3
Early online date15 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • MAPK
  • oomycete
  • Phytophthora infestans
  • potato
  • resistance


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