Ubiquitin ligase-associated protein SGT1 is required for host and nonhost disease resistance in plants

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Homologues of the yeast ubiquitin ligase-associated protein SGT1 are required for disease resistance in plants mediated by nucleotide-binding site/leucine-rich repeat (NBS-LRR) proteins. Here, by silencing SGT1 in Nicotiana benthamiana, we extend these findings and demonstrate that SGT1 has an unexpectedly general role in disease resistance. It is required for resistance responses mediated by NBS-LRR and other R proteins in which pathogen-derived elicitors are recognized either inside or outside the host plant cell. A requirement also exists for SGT1 in nonhost resistance in which all known members of a host species are resistant against every characterized isolate of a pathogen. Our findings show that silencing SGT1 affects diverse types of disease resistance in plants and support the idea that R protein-mediated and nonhost resistance may involve similar mechanisms.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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