Cucumber Pti1-L is a cytoplasmic protein kinase involved in defense responses and salt tolerance

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Cucumber Pti1-L is a cytoplasmic protein kinase involved in defense responses and salt tolerance
S K Oh; Hyun A Jang; Sang Sook Lee; Hye Sun Cho; D H Lee; D Choi; Suk Yoon Kwon
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Journal of Plant Physiology, vol. 171, no. 10, pp. 817-822
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Homologs of the cytoplasmic protein kinase Pti1 are found in diverse plant species. A clear role of Pti1 in plant defense response has not been established. We identified a Pti1 homolog in cucumber (CsPti1-L). CsPti1-L expression was induced when cucumber plants were challenged with the fungal pathogen Sphaerotheca fuliginea or with salt treatment. CsPti1-L expression in cucumber leaves also was induced by methyl jasmonate, salicylic acid, and abscisic acid. CsPti1-L exhibited autophosphorylation activity and was targeted to the cytoplasm. Transgenic Nicotiana benthamiana expressing CsPti1-L exhibited greater cell death and increased ion leakage in response to the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000, resistance to Botrytis cinerea infection, and higher tolerance to salt stress. RT-PCR analysis of transgenic N. benthamiana overexpressing CsPti1-L revealed constitutive upregulation of multiple genes involved in plant-defense and osmotic-stress responses. Our results suggest a functional role for CsPti1-L as a positive regulator of pathogen-defense and salt-stress responses.
Cell deathCsPti1-LCytoplasmic protein kinaseDefense responsesSalt tolerance
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