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Trends Plant Sci. 2004 Apr;9(4):203-9.

The role of plant cell wall polysaccharide composition in disease resistance.

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Carnegie Institute, and Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

The high degree of structural complexity of plant cell wall polysaccharides has led to suggestions that some components might function as latent signal molecules that are released during pathogen infections and elicit defensive responses by the plant. However, there has been a paucity of genetic evidence supporting the idea that variation in cell wall composition plays a role in the outcome of host-pathogen interactions. Recently, several genetic studies have provided new lines of evidence implicating cell wall polysaccharides as factors in host-pathogen interactions.

PMID:
15063871
DOI:
10.1016/j.tplants.2004.02.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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