Plant pattern-recognition receptors

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Plants are constantly exposed to would-be pathogens in their immediate environment. Yet, despite relying on innate immunity only, plants are resistant to most microbes. They employ pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) for sensitive and rapid detection of the potential danger caused by microbes and pests. Plant PRRs are either surface-localized receptor kinases (RKs) or receptor-like proteins (RLPs) containing various ligand-binding ectodomains that perceive pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) or damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). In this review, I summarize our current knowledge of plant PRRs and their ligands, illustrating the multiple molecular strategies employed by plant PRRs to activate innate immune signaling to survive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-351
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Immunology
Issue number7
Early online date16 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


  • Innate Immunity
  • Ligands
  • Plants
  • Tertiary Protein Structure
  • Pattern Recognition Receptors
  • Signal Transduction

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