Overexpression of BSK5 in Arabidopsis thaliana Provides Enhanced Disease Resistance

Bharat Bhusan Majhi, Guido Sessa*

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Plant surface-localized pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) recognize pathogen- or damage-associated molecular patterns (PAMP/DAMPs) and activate pattern-triggered immunity (PTI). PRRs recruit receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases (RLCKs) to transduce the perceived signal to downstream signaling components. Brassinosteroid-signaling kinase 5 (BSK5) is a member of the RLCK XII subfamily and mutational analysis revealed its involvement in plant immunity. Here, we provide evidence that overexpression of BSK5 in transgenic Arabidopsis plants enhanced disease resistance to the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae and to the fungus Botrytis cinerea. Remarkably, upon treatment with the flg22, elf18 and pep1 PAMP/DAMPs, BSK5-overexpressing plants displayed higher levels of immune responses, including production of reactive oxygen species, callose deposition at the cell wall, and PATHOGENESIS-RELATED1 (PR1) gene expression. Together, these findings further substantiate the role of BSK5 in plant immunity and illustrate its potential use for improving plant disease resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1637665
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2019


FundersFunder number
United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development FundIS-4931-16C
European Commission
European Cooperation in Science and TechnologyCA16107
Israel Science Foundation309/15


    • Arabidopsis thaliana
    • BSK5
    • Botrytis cinerea
    • PAMP/DAMPs
    • PTI
    • Pseudomonas syringae


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