Retromer Is Essential for Autophagy-Dependent Plant Infection by the Rice Blast Fungus. Academic Article uri icon


  • The retromer mediates protein trafficking through recycling cargo from endosomes to the trans-Golgi network in eukaryotes. However, the role of such trafficking events during pathogen-host interaction remains unclear. Here, we report that the cargo-recognition complex (MoVps35, MoVps26 and MoVps29) of the retromer is essential for appressorium-mediated host penetration by Magnaporthe oryzae, the causal pathogen of the blast disease in rice. Loss of retromer function blocked glycogen distribution and turnover of lipid bodies, delayed nuclear degeneration and reduced turgor during appressorial development. Cytological observation revealed dynamic MoVps35-GFP foci co-localized with autophagy-related protein RFP-MoAtg8 at the periphery of autolysosomes. Furthermore, RFP-MoAtg8 interacted with MoVps35-GFP in vivo, RFP-MoAtg8 was mislocalized to the vacuole and failed to recycle from the autolysosome in the absence of the retromer function, leading to impaired biogenesis of autophagosomes. We therefore conclude that retromer is essential for autophagy-dependent plant infection by the rice blast fungus.

published proceedings

  • PLoS Genet

altmetric score

  • 9.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Zheng, W., Zhou, J., He, Y., Xie, Q., Chen, A., Zheng, H., ... Wang, Z.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Zheng, Wenhui||Zhou, Jie||He, Yunlong||Xie, Qiurong||Chen, Ahai||Zheng, Huawei||Shi, Lei||Zhao, Xu||Zhang, Chengkang||Huang, Qingping||Fang, Kunhai||Lu, Guodong||Ebbole, Daniel J||Li, Guangpu||Naqvi, Naweed I||Wang, Zonghua

editor list (cited editors)

  • Xu, J.

publication date

  • December 2015