Bodyguards: Pathogen-derived decoys that protect virulence factors

Judith K. Paulus, Jiorgos Kourelis, Renier A. L. van der Hoorn

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Recent studies on plant-pathogen interactions have exposed a new strategy used by plant pathogens: decoy effectors that protect virulence factors. Examples of these “bodyguards” include the recently discovered PsXLP1 from Phytophthora sojae and truncated TALEs from Xanthomonas oryzae. These examples suggest important roles for seemingly non-functional effector proteins in distracting the host.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-357
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number5
Early online date26 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

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