Mechanism of host-pathogen recognition
Rice, like other plants, has immune receptors represented largely by the family of NLR proteins. Some of these proteins have an integrated decoy domain involved in the recognition of pathogenic fungal effectors. By complementary approaches of structural biology and in planta test we could identify the mechanisms of interaction between these partners.
This collaborative work between the "Structure, Dynamics and Function of Biomolecules by NMR" team of the CBS, the "Interactions of Cereal Agents with Pathogenic Agents" team at BGPI and the agrobiotechnology laboratory in Beijing has been published in PNAS magazine (http://www.pnas.org/content/115/45/11637.long).