Sci. Signal., 19 August 2008
Molecular Biology RNA Interference and Plant Defenses
Science, AAAS, Washington, DC 20005, USA
RNA interference plays an important role in innate immunity in plants and in animals. Specific microRNAs have also been implicated in pathways that sense pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Now, Navarro et al. examine in more detail the role of microRNAs in innate immunity in Arabidopsis. MicroRNAs were found to be more broadly required for PAMP sensing. Pathogenic bacteria appear to have evolved various effectors that are secreted into the host that suppress the microRNA pathway at various points. Infection with turnip mosaic virus, which produces a suppressor of both the small interfering RNA and microRNA pathways, promotes infection by nonpathogenic bacteria, which may explain the observed synergy between viral and bacterial pathogens seen in the field.
Citation: G. Riddihough, RNA Interference and Plant Defenses. Sci. Signal. 1, ec297 (2008).
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