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Record number 510709
Title RNA ‘Information Warfare’ in Pathogenic and Mutualistic Interactions
Author(s) Chaloner, Thomas; Kan, Jan A.L. van; Grant-Downton, Robert T.
Source Trends in Plant Science 21 (2016)9. - ISSN 1360-1385 - p. 738 - 748.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2016.05.008
Department(s) Laboratory of Phytopathology
EPS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) fungus - infection - non-coding RNA - pathogen - resistance
Abstract

Regulatory non-coding RNAs are emerging as key players in host–pathogen interactions. Small RNAs such as microRNAs are implicated in regulating plant transcripts involved in immunity and defence. Surprisingly, RNAs with silencing properties can be translocated from plant hosts to various invading pathogens and pests. Small RNAs are now confirmed virulence factors, with the first report of fungal RNAs that travel to host cells and hijack post-transcriptional regulatory machinery to suppress host defence. Here, we argue that trans-organism movement of RNAs represents a common mechanism of control in diverse interactions between plants and other eukaryotes. We suggest that extracellular vesicles are the key to such RNA movement events. Plant pathosystems serve as excellent experimental models to dissect RNA ‘information warfare’ and other RNA-mediated interactions.

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