The plant cell wall as a site for molecular contacts in fungal pathogenesis

Kazuhiro Toyoda, Sachiyo Yao, Mai Takagi, Maki Uchioki, Momiji Miki, Kaori Tanaka, Tomoko Suzuki, Masashi Amano, Akinori Kiba, Toshiaki Kato, Hirotaka Takahashi, Yasuhiro Ishiga, Hidenori Matsui, Yoshiteru Noutoshi, Mikihiro Yamamoto, Yuki Ichinose, Tomonori Shiraishi

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The plant cell wall, the most external layer of the plant surface, is the site where most pathogenic fungi first make contact with host cells. A plant–fungus interaction therefore commences at the interface between the plant and the spore. Our current research focusing on the plant cell wall has discovered an extracellular ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (ecto-NTPDase/apyrase; EC3.6.1.15) as a key player in plant defense before the onset of PTI (PAMP-triggered immunity). This review focuses on our recent findings, especially the role of the plant cell wall in the extracellular defense against fungi as well as fungal strategies resulting in successful infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (ecto-NTPDase/apyrase EC3.6.1.15)
  • Extracellular defense
  • Mycosphaerella pinodes
  • Plant cell wall
  • Suppressor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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