The Function of Cyclic Nucleotide-Gated Channels in Biotic Stress

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM)


Plant cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels conduct Ca2+ across the plasma membrane (PM) and facilitate cytosolic Ca2+ elevation during pathogen response signaling cascades. Until recently, not much was known about the specific ion channels involved in Ca2+ influx into plant cells, or how Ca2+ signals are generated and impact on downstream events during pathogen resistance responses. Recent studies, involving the cyclic nucleotide gated ion channel (CNGC) family of proteins, have provided new information relevant to these two areas of plant biology and will be reviewed in this chapter. Current evidence points to specific proteins that synthesize cyclic nucleotides and that function as ligands to activate CNGCs. The role of these channels in Ca2+ conduction appears critical to the generation of the hypersensitive response to pathogens, an important defense mechanism that limits disease in plants. Signaling downstream from Ca2+ during biotic stress responses involves cytosolic Ca2+-binding proteins such as calmodulin.


Nitric Oxide Hypersensitive Response Cyclic Nucleotide Avirulent Pathogen Vacuolar Processing Enzyme 
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Adenylyl cyclase






CaM-like protein


Ca2+-dependent protein kinase


Cyclic nucleotide binding domains


Cyclic nucleotide gated channel


Guanylyl cyclase


Hypersensitive response




Leucine-rich-repeat receptor-like kinases


Nucleotidyl cyclase


Nitric oxide


Nitric oxide synthase


Pathogen-associated molecular pattern


Programmed cell death


Plasma membrane


Reactive oxygen species


Salicylic acid




Vacuolar processing enzyme


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agricultural Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Plant ScienceUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cell and Systems BiologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of BiotechnologyUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa

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