Bioinformatics Analysis of the Receptor-Like Kinase (RLK) Superfamily
Receptor-like kinases (RLKs) play key roles during development and in responses to the environment. In plant immunity, some members of RLKs function as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), which, upon recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMP), are recruited into active complexes to induce pathogen-triggered immunity (PTI). In this chapter, we describe the bioinformatics tools and procedures for the identification and phylogenetic classification of RLKs from different plant species as a framework for understanding RLK function in signal transduction and immunity.
Key wordsReceptor-like kinase (RLK) Leucine-rich repeat (LRR) Ectodomain Serine/threonine kinase domain Pattern recognition receptors (PRR)
This work was supported by the National Institute of Science and Technology in Plant-Pest Interactions, CNPq grants 573600/2008-2 and 447578/2014-6 and Fapemig grants APQ-00070-09 and CBB-APQ-01491-14.