Proteases in plant root symbiosis

Naoya Takeda, Catherine Kistner, Sonja Kosuta, Thilo Winzer, Andrea Pitzschke, Martin Groth, Shusei Sato, Takakazu Kaneko, Satoshi Tabata, Martin Parniske

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Proteases catalyze the hydrolysis of peptide bonds in proteins/peptides inside or outside of cells. They play important roles in development and responses to environmental stresses. In arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM), symbiosis-induced protease genes were found by large-scale transcriptome analyses in different plant species, suggesting that proteolytic processes are implicated in AM. In legumes, some of these were also transcriptionally activated during the root nodule symbiosis. However, the precise function of these symbiosis-induced proteases remains unknown. Here we present a compilation of the symbiosis-induced proteases identified so far and discuss their possible roles in symbiosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • Arbuscular mycorrhiza
  • Lotus japonicus
  • Protease
  • Review
  • Symbiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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