- Plant nucleotide-binding leucine–rich repeat (NLR) proteins enable the immune system to recognize and respond to pathogen attack. An early consequence of immune activation is transcriptional reprogramming, and some NLRs have been shown to act in the nucleus and interact with transcription factors. The Rx1 NLR protein of potato is further able to bind and distort double-stranded DNA. However, Rx1 host targets that support a role for Rx1 in transcriptional reprogramming at DNA are unknown. Here, we report a functional interaction between Rx1 and NbGlk1, a Golden2-like transcription factor.
- Plant nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) proteins enable plants to recognize and respond to pathogen attack. Previously, we demonstrated that the Rx1 NLR of potato is able to bind and bend DNA in vitro. DNA binding in situ requires its genuine activation following pathogen perception. However, it is unknown whether other NLR proteins are also able to bind DNA. Nor is it known how DNA binding relates to the ATPase activity intrinsic to NLR switch function required to immune activation. Here we investigate these issues using a recombinant protein corresponding to the N-terminal coiled-coil and nucleotide-binding domain regions of the I-2 NLR of tomato.
- Background: Direct targets for plant NLR proteins in immune signaling are largely unknown.Results: The Rx1 NLR protein of potato binds and distorts DNA following pathogen perception, resulting in immune activation.Conclusion: DNA is a direct signaling target for a plant NLR immune receptor.Significance: Plant NLR receptors might regulate immune transcriptional responses by directly interacting with plant chromatin.