Pathogen virulence factors as molecular probes of basic plant cellular functions.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

To successfully colonize plants, pathogens have evolved a myriad of virulence factors that allow them to manipulate host cellular pathways in order to gain entry into, multiply and move within, and eventually exit the host for a new infection cycle. In the past few years, substantial progress has been made in characterizing the host targets of viral and bacterial virulence factors, providing unique insights into basic plant cellular processes such as gene silencing, vesicle trafficking, hormone signaling, and innate immunity. Identification of the host targets of additional pathogen virulence factors promises to continue shedding light on fundamental cellular mechanisms in plants, thus enhancing our understanding of plant signaling, metabolism, and cell biology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Speth, EB; Lee, YN; He, SY

Published Date

  • December 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 580 - 586

PubMed ID

  • 17884715

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2117358

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0356

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-5266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pbi.2007.08.003


  • eng