Fatty Acid- and Lipid-Mediated Signaling in Plant Defense

Gah Hyun Lim, Richa Singhal, Aardra Kachroo, Pradeep Kachroo

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Fatty acids and lipids, which are major and essential constituents of all plant cells, not only provide structural integrity and energy for various metabolic processes but can also function as signal transduction mediators. Lipids and fatty acids can act as both intracellular and extracellular signals. In addition, cyclic and acyclic products generated during fatty acid metabolism can also function as important chemical signals. This review summarizes the biosynthesis of fatty acids and lipids and their involvement in pathogen defense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-536
Number of pages32
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
StatePublished - Aug 4 2017

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Our sincere apologies to authors whose relevant articles were not cited here owing to a limit on the number of citations. This work was supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (IOS# 0749731, 051909).

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  • Fatty acids
  • Galactolipids
  • Lipids
  • Plant defense
  • Systemic signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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