Fungal Invasion Enzymes and Their Inhibition

  • G. De Lorenzo
  • R. Castoria
  • D. Bellincampi
  • F. Cervone
Part of the The Mycota book series (MYCOTA, volume 5)

Abstract

The first lines of defense of a plant against phytopathogenic fungi are the external cuticle and the polysaccharide-rich cell wall (Fig. 1). The vast majority of fungi need to breach these barriers to gain access to the plant tissue, and, once inside the tissue, to degrade the cell wall components in order to sustain their growth and to complete the invasion process. It is generally accepted that the enzymatic arsenal of the fungus contributes, together with mechanical forces (Howard et al. 1991; Chap. 3, this Vol.), to the degradation of both cuticle and cell walls.

Keywords

Cellulose Chitosan Polysaccharide Hemicellulose Bark 

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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia VegetaleUniversità di Roma La SapienzaRomeItaly

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