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Arabidopsis heterotrimeric G proteins regulate immunity by directly coupling to the FLS2 receptor

  1. Xiangxiu Liang
  2. Pingtao Ding
  3. Kehui Lian
  4. Jinlong Wang
  5. Miaomiao Ma
  6. Lin Li
  7. Lei Li
  8. Meng Li
  9. Xiaojuan Zhang
  10. She Chen
  11. Yuelin Zhang
  12. Jian-Min Zhou  Is a corresponding author
  1. Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  2. University of British Columbia, Canada
  3. National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
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Cite this article as: eLife 2016;5:e13568 doi: 10.7554/eLife.13568

Abstract

The Arabidopsis immune receptor FLS2 perceives bacterial flagellin epitope flg22 to activate defenses through the central cytoplasmic kinase BIK1. The heterotrimeric G proteins composed of the non-canonical Gα protein XLG2, the Gβ protein AGB1, and the Gγ proteins AGG1 and AGG2 are required for FLS2-mediated immune responses through an unknown mechanism. Here we show that in the pre-activation state, XLG2 directly interacts with FLS2 and BIK1, and it functions together with AGB1 and AGG1/2 to attenuate proteasome-mediated degradation of BIK1, allowing optimum immune activation. Following the activation by flg22, XLG2 dissociates from AGB1 and is phosphorylated by BIK1 in the N terminus. The phosphorylated XLG2 enhances the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) likely by modulating the NADPH oxidase RbohD. The study demonstrates that the G proteins are directly coupled to the FLS2 receptor complex and regulate immune signaling through both pre-activation and post-activation mechanisms.

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  1. Xiangxiu Liang

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  2. Pingtao Ding

    Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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  3. Kehui Lian

    Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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  4. Jinlong Wang

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  5. Miaomiao Ma

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  6. Lin Li

    National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
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  7. Lei Li

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  8. Meng Li

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  9. Xiaojuan Zhang

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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  10. She Chen

    National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
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  11. Yuelin Zhang

    Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  12. Jian-Min Zhou

    State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
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    jmzhou@genetics.ac.cn
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  1. Thorsten Nürnberger, University of Tubingen, Germany

Publication history

  1. Received: December 6, 2015
  2. Accepted: April 2, 2016
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: April 4, 2016 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: April 26, 2016 (version 2)

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© 2016, Liang et al.

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