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Microbial Pathogenesis
Volume 121, 2018, Pages 277-282

Long non-coding RNAs as molecular players in plant defense against pathogens

Madiha Zaynaba, Mahpara Fatimab, Safdar Abbasc, Muhammad Umairc, Yasir Sharifd, Muhammad Ammar Razae

College of Life Sciences, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou, 350002, PR China.


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) has significant role in of gene expression and silencing pathways for several biological processes in eukaryotes. lncRNAs has been reported as key player in remodeling chromatin and genome architecture, RNA stabilization and transcription regulation, including enhancer-associated activity. Host lncRNAs are reckoned as compulsory elements of plant defense. In response to pathogen attack, plants protect themselves with the help of lncRNAs -dependent immune systems in which lncRNAs regulate pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and other effectors. Role of lncRNAs in plant microbe interaction has been studied extensively but regulations of several lncRNAs still need extensive research. In this study we discussed and provide as overview the topical advancements and findings relevant to pathogen attack and plant defense mediated by lncRNAs. It is hoped that lncRNAs would be exploited as a mainstream player to achieve food security by tackling different plant diseases.

Keywords: Plant disease, Immunity, Pathogen, PMP.

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