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Bodyguards: Pathogen-Derived Decoys That Protect Virulence Factors
- Paulus, Judith K., Kourelis, Jiorgos, van der Hoorn, Renier A.L.
- Trends in plant science 2017 v.22 no.5 pp. 355-357
- Phytophthora sojae, Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, host-pathogen relationships, plant pathogens, proteins, virulence
- Recent studies on plant-pathogen interactions have exposed a new strategy used by plant pathogens: decoy effectors that protect virulence factors. Examples of these “bodyguards” include the recently discovered PsXLP1 from Phytophthora sojae and truncated TALEs from Xanthomonas oryzae. These examples suggest important roles for seemingly non-functional effector proteins in distracting the host.