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Arabidopsis uses molecular decoy to trick pathogens

Meanwhile, prey species resort to the same tactics to escape from their predators. Such tricks are also used at the molecular level, as discovered by researchers from the CNRS, INRA, CEA and INSERM1 in one of the most devastating bacterial plant pathogens in the world, which bypasses plant cell defenses by preventing an immune signaling from being triggered. Even more surprising is the fact that plant cells have developed a receptor incorporating a decoy intended to catch the invader in its own trap. This work, which has a wealth of applications, was published May 21, 2015 in the journal Cell.

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1From the Laboratoire des interactions plantes-microorganismes at the INRA centre in Toulouse (CNRS/INRA), Laboratoire de recherche en sciences végétales (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier), Laboratoire biologie à grande échelle (Inserm/CEA/Université Grenoble Alpes), Institut de recherches en technologies et sciences pour le vivant (CNRS/CEA/Université Grenoble Alpes), and laboratoire Agrobiosciences interactions et biodiversité (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier).


A Receptor Pair with an Integrated Decoy converts Pathogen Disabling of transcription factor to Immunity. C. Le Roux, G. Huet, A. Jauneau, L. Camborde, D.Trémousaygue, A. Kraut, B. Zhou, M. Levaillant, H. Adachi, H.Yoshioka, S. Raffaele, R. Berthomé, Y. Couté, J. E. Parker & L. Deslandes. Cell, 21 May 2015.

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CNRS Researcher l Laurent Deslandes l Tel: 05 61 28 55 09 / 06 78 60 12 45 l [email protected]
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