The exocyst complex: delivery hub for morphogenesis and pathogenesis in filamentous fungi. Academic Article uri icon


  • Regulated by several small GTPases, the octameric exocyst complex directs the docking and tethering of exocytic vesicles to the destined plasma membrane sites, providing the precise spatiotemporal control of exocytosis. Although the exocyst components are well conserved among various fungal species, the mechanisms for the regulation of its assembly and activity are diverse. Exocytosis is crucial for the generation of cell polarity as well as the delivery of effector proteins in filamentous fungi, and thus plays an important role for fungal morphogenesis and pathogenicity on plant hosts. This review focuses on current findings about the roles of the exocyst complex in the morphogenesis and pathogenesis of filamentous fungi.

published proceedings

  • Curr Opin Plant Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, X., Ebbole, D. J., & Wang, Z.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Chen, Xiaofeng||Ebbole, Daniel J||Wang, Zonghua

publication date

  • December 2015