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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1999 Aug;2(4):320-6.

Role of lectins (and rhizobial exopolysaccharides) in legume nodulation.

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Department of Molecular, Cell and Development Biology, Molecular Biology Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1606, USA. ahirsch@ucla.edu

Abstract

The lectin recognition hypothesis proposes that plant lectins mediate specificity in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis. Although the hypothesis was developed eight years before nod genes were identified in rhizobia and sixteen years before Nod factor was shown to be a major determinant of host specificity, experiments performed recently using transgenic lectin plants support its main tenets.

PMID:
10458994
DOI:
10.1016/S1369-5266(99)80056-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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