The ongoing saga of Agrobacterium-host interactions

Mery Dafny-Yelin, Avner Levy, Tzvi Tzfira

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Infection of plant cells by Agrobacterium leads to activation of specific mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). In a recent paper, Djamei et al. (2007) showed that MAPK-mediated phosphorylation of VirE2-interacting protein 1 (VIP1) is required for its translocation into the host-cell nucleus and for activation of a pathogenesis-related gene, and that Agrobacterium uses the phosphorylated VIP1 to deliver its transfer-DNA molecule into the host cell. These findings join a long line of evidence showing how this clever bacterium has developed ways of using and abusing host biological systems for its own needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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