Title: Modes of antifungal action and in planta functions of plant defensins and defensin-like peptides
Authors: De Coninck, Barbara ×
Cammue, Bruno
Thevissen, Karin #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Series Title: Fungal Biology Reviews vol:26 pages:109-120
Abstract: Plant defensins are small basic peptides that are inhibitory against a range of plant and human pathogens. Their in vitro antimicrobial activity and structural similarity with human and insect defensins indicated an important role for plant defensins in the innate immune system of plants. Regarding their mode of antimicrobial action, most plant defensins interact with a specific microbial surface receptor, resulting in microbial cell death via e.g. induction of apoptosis. However, accumulating evidence suggests additional in vivo functions of these plant defensins, and by extension of more recently discovered defensin-like peptides, in general plant development. In this review we discuss both, the functional role of plant defensins in the plant and their mode of antimicrobial action.
ISSN: 1749-4613
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics
× corresponding author
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