The role of chitin detection in plant-pathogen interactions

A. Kombrink, A. Sánchez-Vallet, B.P.H.J. Thomma

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1168-1176
JournalMicrobes and Infection
Issue number14-15
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • cultured rice cells
  • receptor-like kinases
  • n-acetylchitooligosaccharide elicitor
  • fungus magnaporthe-oryzae
  • cladosporium-fulvum
  • high-affinity
  • binding-site
  • lysm domains
  • arbuscular mycorrhiza
  • medicago-truncatula

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