Membrane Trafficking in Plant Immunity.

Research paper by Yangnan Y Gu, Raul R Zavaliev, Xinnian X Dong

Indexed on: 13 Jul '17Published on: 13 Jul '17Published in: Molecular Plant


Plants employ sophisticated mechanisms to interact with pathogenic as well as beneficial microbes. Of those, membrane trafficking is key in establishing the rapid and precise response. Upon interaction with pathogenic microbes, surface-localized immune receptors undergo endocytosis for signal transduction and activity regulation while cell wall components, antimicrobial compounds, and defense proteins are delivered to pathogen invasion sites through polarized secretion. To sustain mutualistic associations, host cells also reprogram the membrane trafficking system to accommodate invasive structures of symbiotic microbes. Here, we provide analysis of recent advances in understanding the roles of secretory and endocytic membrane trafficking pathways in the plant immune activation. We also discuss strategies deployed by adapted microbes to manipulate these pathways to subvert or inhibit plant defense.