Lipases associated with plant defense against pathogens

Hye Jung Lee, Ohkmae K. Park

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When facing microbe invaders, plants activate genetic and metabolic defense mechanisms and undergo extracellular and intracellular changes to obtain a certain level of host resistance. Dynamic adjustment and adaptation occur in structures containing lipophilic compounds and cellular metabolites. Lipids encompassing fatty acids, fatty acid-based polymers, and fatty acid derivatives are part of the fundamental architecture of cells and tissues and are essential compounds in numerous biological processes. Lipid-associated plant defense responses are mostly facilitated by the activation of lipases (lipid hydrolyzing proteins), which cleave or transform lipid substrates in various subcellular compartments. In this review, several types of plant defense-associated lipases are described, including their molecular aspects, enzymatic actions, cellular functions, and possible functional relevance in plant defense. Defensive roles are discussed considering enzyme properties, lipid metabolism, downstream regulation, and phenotypic traits in loss-of-function mutants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Science
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants ( 2016R1A6A3A11932837 and 2017R1A2B4009991 ); the Next-Generation BioGreen 21 Program (SSAC, PJ013202) through the Rural Development Administration; and a Korea University grant.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • Lipase
  • Lipid
  • Lipid hydrolysis
  • Plant immune response
  • Plant-microbe interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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