The Lys-motif receptor LYK4 mediates Enterobacter sp. SA187 triggered salt tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana

Eleonora Rolli, Axel de Zélicourt, Hanin S. Alzubaidy, Michael Karampelias, Sabiha Parween, Naganand Rayapuram, Baoda Han, Katja Froehlich, Aala A. Abulfaraj, Hanna Alhoraibi, Kiruthiga Mariappan, Cristina Andres-Barrao, Jean Colcombet, Heribert Hirt

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Root endophytes establish beneficial interactions with plants, improving holobiont resilience and fitness, but how plant immunity accommodates beneficial microbes is poorly understood. The multi-stress tolerance-inducing endophyte Enterobacter sp. SA187 triggers a canonical immune response in Arabidopsis only at high bacterial dosage (>108 CFUs ml−1), suggesting that SA187 is able to evade or suppress the plant defence system at lower titres. Although SA187 flagellin epitopes are recognized by the FLS2 receptor, SA187-triggered salt tolerance functions independently of the FLS2 system. In contrast, overexpression of the chitin receptor components LYK4 and LYK5 compromised the beneficial effect of SA187 on Arabidopsis, while it was enhanced in lyk4 mutant plants. Transcriptome analysis revealed that the role of LYK4 is intertwined with a function in remodelling defence responses with growth and root developmental processes. LYK4 interferes with modification of plant ethylene homeostasis by Enterobacter SA187 to boost salt stress resistance. Collectively, these results contribute to unlock the crosstalk between components of the plant immune system and beneficial microbes and point to a new role for the Lys-motif receptor LYK4 in beneficial plant–microbe interaction.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEnvironmental Microbiology
StatePublished - Dec 23 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-01-26
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): BAS/1/1062
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to HH No. BAS/1/1062-01-01. For Eleonora Rolli, this publication has been written with the support of the Agreenskills fellowship programme which has received funding from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement No. FP7-609398 (AgreenSkills+ contract). Eleonora Rolli thanks funding support from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 841317. The authors are gratefully to Gary Stacey (University of Oklahoma, USA) for the kind gift of , and lines. lyk4 lyk5 LYK4-OE LYK5-OE

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Microbiology


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