Modulation of RNA Polymerase II Phosphorylation Downstream of Pathogen Perception Orchestrates Plant Immunity

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Abstract: Perception of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) elicits host transcriptional reprogramming as part of the immune response. Although pathogen perception is well studied, the signaling networks orchestrating immune gene expression remain less clear. In a genetic screen for components involved in the early immune gene transcription reprogramming, we identified Arabidopsis RNA polymerase II C-terminal domain (CTD) phosphatase-like 3 (CPL3) as a negative regulator of immune gene expression. MAMP perception induced rapid and transient cyclin-dependent kinase C (CDKC)-mediated phosphorylation of Arabidopsis CTD. The CDKCs, which are in turn phosphorylated and activated by a canonical MAP kinase (MAPK) cascade, represent a point of signaling convergence downstream of multiple immune receptors. CPL3 directly dephosphorylated CTD to counteract MAPK-mediated CDKC regulation. Thus, modulation of the phosphorylation dynamics of eukaryotic RNA polymerase II transcription machinery by MAPKs, CTD kinases, and phosphatases constitutes an essential mechanism for rapid orchestration of host immune gene expression and defense upon pathogen attacks.


Cited as: Fangjun Li, Cheng Cheng, Fuhao Cui, Marcos VV de Oliveira, Xiao Yu, Xiangzong Meng, Aline C Intorne, Kevin Babilonia, Maoying Li, Bo Li, Sixue Chen, Xianfeng Ma, Shunyuan Xiao, Yi Zheng, Zhangjun Fei, Richard P Metz, Charles D Johnson, Hisashi Koiwa, Wenxian Sun, Zhaohu Li, Gon├žalo A de Souza Filho, Libo Shan, Ping He, "Modulation of RNA Polymerase II Phosphorylation Downstream of Pathogen Perception Orchestrates Plant Immunity", Cell Host & Microbe doi:10.1016/j.chom.2014.10.018

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