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Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2004;42:439-64.

Chemical biology of multi-host/pathogen interactions: chemical perception and metabolic complementation.

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Center for Fundamental and Applied Molecular Evolution, Departments of Chemistry and Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.


The xenognostic mechanisms of two multi-host pathogens, the causative agent of crown gall tumors Agrobacterium tumefaciens and the parasitic plant Striga asiatica, are compared. Both organisms are general plant pathogens and require similar information prior to host commitment. Two mechanistic strategies, chemical perception and metabolic complementation, are used to ensure successful host commitment. The critical reactions at host-parasite contact are proton and electron transfer events. Such strategies may be common among multi-host pathogens.

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