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LysM receptor-like kinases to improve plant defense response against fungal pathogens

United States Patent

October 15, 2013
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Perception of chitin fragments (chitooligosaccharides) is an important first step in plant defense response against fungal pathogen. LysM receptor-like kinases (LysM RLKs) are instrumental in this perception process. LysM RLKs also play a role in activating transcription of chitin-responsive genes (CRGs) in plants. Mutations in the LysM kinase receptor genes or the downstream CRGs may affect the fungal susceptibility of a plant. Mutations in LysM RLKs or transgenes carrying the same may be beneficial in imparting resistance against fungal pathogens.
Wan; Jinrong (Columbia, MO), Stacey; Gary (Columbia, MO), Stacey; Minviluz (Columbia, MO), Zhang; Xuecheng (Columbia, MO)
The Curators of the University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
13/ 347,199
January 10, 2012
GOVERNMENT INTERESTS This work was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Energy, Energy Biosciences Program, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (grant number DE-FG02-02ER15309). The United States government may have certain rights in the invention disclosed herein.