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      Mechanisms of plant cell wall surveillance in response to pathogens, cell wall-derived ligands and the effect of expansins to infection resistance or susceptibility


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          Cell wall integrity is tightly regulated and maintained given that non-physiological modification of cell walls could render plants vulnerable to biotic and/or abiotic stresses. Expansins are plant cell wall-modifying proteins active during many developmental and physiological processes, but they can also be produced by bacteria and fungi during interaction with plant hosts. Cell wall alteration brought about by ectopic expression, overexpression, or exogenous addition of expansins from either eukaryote or prokaryote origin can in some instances provide resistance to pathogens, while in other cases plants become more susceptible to infection. In these circumstances altered cell wall mechanical properties might be directly responsible for pathogen resistance or susceptibility outcomes. Simultaneously, through membrane receptors for enzymatically released cell wall fragments or by sensing modified cell wall barrier properties, plants trigger intracellular signaling cascades inducing defense responses and reinforcement of the cell wall, contributing to various infection phenotypes, in which expansins might also be involved. Here, we review the plant immune response activated by cell wall surveillance mechanisms, cell wall fragments identified as responsible for immune responses, and expansin’s roles in resistance and susceptibility of plants to pathogen attack.

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              Top 10 plant pathogenic bacteria in molecular plant pathology.

              Many plant bacteriologists, if not all, feel that their particular microbe should appear in any list of the most important bacterial plant pathogens. However, to our knowledge, no such list exists. The aim of this review was to survey all bacterial pathologists with an association with the journal Molecular Plant Pathology and ask them to nominate the bacterial pathogens they would place in a 'Top 10' based on scientific/economic importance. The survey generated 458 votes from the international community, and allowed the construction of a Top 10 bacterial plant pathogen list. The list includes, in rank order: (1) Pseudomonas syringae pathovars; (2) Ralstonia solanacearum; (3) Agrobacterium tumefaciens; (4) Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae; (5) Xanthomonas campestris pathovars; (6) Xanthomonas axonopodis pathovars; (7) Erwinia amylovora; (8) Xylella fastidiosa; (9) Dickeya (dadantii and solani); (10) Pectobacterium carotovorum (and Pectobacterium atrosepticum). Bacteria garnering honourable mentions for just missing out on the Top 10 include Clavibacter michiganensis (michiganensis and sepedonicus), Pseudomonas savastanoi and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This review article presents a short section on each bacterium in the Top 10 list and its importance, with the intention of initiating discussion and debate amongst the plant bacteriology community, as well as laying down a benchmark. It will be interesting to see, in future years, how perceptions change and which bacterial pathogens enter and leave the Top 10. © 2012 The Authors. Molecular Plant Pathology © 2012 BSPP and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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                Front Plant Sci
                Front Plant Sci
                Front. Plant Sci.
                Frontiers in Plant Science
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                23 August 2022
                : 13
                : 969343
                [1] 1Instituto de Biotecnología , Cuernavaca, Mexico
                [2] 2Centro de Ciencias Genómicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México , Cuernavaca, Mexico
                Author notes

                Edited by: Giulia Malacarne, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

                Reviewed by: Aurélien Boisson-Dernier, Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, France; Luis Morales-Quintana, Autonomous University of Chile, Chile; Timo Engelsdorf, University of Marburg, Germany

                *Correspondence: Claudia Martinez-Anaya, claudia.martinez@ 123456ibt.unam.mx

                This article was submitted to Plant Pathogen Interactions, a section of the journal Frontiers in Plant Science

                Copyright © 2022 Narváez-Barragán, Tovar-Herrera, Guevara-García, Serrano and Martinez-Anaya.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 14 June 2022
                : 11 July 2022
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                Figures: 1, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 164, Pages: 13, Words: 11311
                Funded by: Dirección General de Asuntos del Personal Académico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, doi 10.13039/501100006087;
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                Plant Science

                Plant science & Botany
                expansin,cell wall oligosaccharides,microbial pathogen,defense response,resistance/susceptibility


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