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      The Age of Coumarins in Plant–Microbe Interactions


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          Coumarins are a family of plant-derived secondary metabolites that are produced via the phenylpropanoid pathway. In the past decade, coumarins have emerged as iron-mobilizing compounds that are secreted by plant roots and aid in iron uptake from iron-deprived soils. Members of the coumarin family are found in many plant species. Besides their role in iron uptake, coumarins have been extensively studied for their potential to fight infections in both plants and animals. Coumarin activities range from antimicrobial and antiviral to anticoagulant and anticancer. In recent years, studies in the model plant species tobacco and Arabidopsis have significantly increased our understanding of coumarin biosynthesis, accumulation, secretion, chemical modification and their modes of action against plant pathogens. Here, we review current knowledge on coumarins in different plant species. We focus on simple coumarins and provide an overview on their biosynthesis and role in environmental stress responses, with special attention for the recently discovered semiochemical role of coumarins in aboveground and belowground plant–microbe interactions and the assembly of the root microbiome.

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              Plants elaborate a vast array of natural products, many of which have evolved to confer selective advantage against microbial attack. Recent advances in molecular technology, aided by the enormous power of large-scale genomics initiatives, are leading to a more complete understanding of the enzymatic machinery that underlies the often complex pathways of plant natural product biosynthesis. Meanwhile, genetic and reverse genetic approaches are providing evidence for the importance of natural products in host defence. Metabolic engineering of natural product pathways is now a feasible strategy for enhancement of plant disease resistance.

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                Plant Cell Physiol
                Plant Cell Physiol
                Plant and Cell Physiology
                Oxford University Press
                July 2019
                10 May 2019
                10 May 2019
                : 60
                : 7 , Spotlight Issue Iron Nutrition and Interactions in Plants
                : 1405-1419
                Plant-Microbe Interactions, Department of Biology, Science4Life, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, Utrecht, 3584 CH, The Netherlands
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                Corresponding author: E-mail, I.Stringlis@ 123456uu.nl ; Fax,+31 30 253 2837.
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                � The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com

                : 09 February 2019
                : 23 April 2019
                Page count
                Pages: 15
                Funded by: Dutch Technology Foundation TTW
                Funded by: Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research
                Funded by: NWO 10.13039/501100003246
                Funded by: Ministry of Economic Affairs 10.13039/501100003195
                Award ID: 14219
                Funded by: NWO ALW Green II project
                Award ID: ALWGR.2017.002
                Special Issue ‐ Reviews
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                Plant science & Botany
                coumarins,iron homeostasis,microbiome,plant–microbe interactions,scopoletin,secondary metabolism


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