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Chromatin versus pathogens: the function of epigenetics in plant immunity

Bo Ding and Guo-Liang Wang




To defend against pathogens, plants have developed a sophisticated innate immunity that includes effector recognition, signal transduction, and rapid defense responses. Recent evidence has demonstrated that plants utilize the epigenetic control of gene expression to fine-tune their defense when challenged by pathogens. In this review, we highlight the current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of histone modifications (i.e., methylation, acetylation, and ubiquitination) and chromatin remodeling that contributes to plant immunity against pathogens. Functions of key histone-modifying and chromatin remodeling enzymes are discussed.

Frontiers in Plant Science. Vol. 6, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00675
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