Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.381, No.3, 424-428, 2009
An S-locus receptor-like kinase plays a role as a negative regulation in plant defense responses
Plant cells often use cell surface receptors to sense environmental changes and then transduce external signals via activated signaling pathways to trigger adaptive responses. In Arabidopsis, the receptor-like protein kinase (RLK) gene family contains more than 600 members, and some of these are induced by pathogen infection, Suggesting a possible role in plant defense responses. We previously characterized an S-locus RLK (CBRLK1) at the biochemical level. In this study, we examined the physiological function of CBRLK1 in defense responses. CBRLK1 mutant and CBRLK1-overexpressing transgenic plants showed enhanced and reduced resistance against a virulent bacterial pathogen, respectively. The altered pathogen resistances of the mutant and overexpressing transgenic plants were associated with increased and reduced induction of the pathogenesis-related gene PR1, respectively. These results suggest that CBRLK1 plays a negative role in the disease resistance signaling pathway in Arabidopsis. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.