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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1998 Aug;1(4):311-5.

Transcriptional control of plant genes responsive to pathogens.

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Max-Planck-Institut Für Zuchtungsforschung, Department of Biochemistry, Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10, D-50829 Köln, Germany.


Transcriptional activation of genes is a vital part of the plants defence system against pathogens. Cis-acting elements within the promoters of many of these genes have recently been defined and investigators have started to isolate their cognate trans-acting factors. Some of these factors have counterparts in animals, whereas others are present only in plants, reflecting the fact that plants have developed a unique defence system.

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