A Magnaporthe Chitinase Interacts with a Rice Jacalin-Related Lectin to Promote Host Colonization. Academic Article uri icon


  • The genome of rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae) encodes 15 glycoside hydrolase 18 family chitinases. In this study, we characterized the function of an M. oryzae extracellular chitinase, MoChi1, and its interaction with a host protein, OsMBL1, a jacalin-related Mannose-Binding Lectin (MBL) in rice (Oryza sativa). Deletion of MoChi1 resulted in reduced aerial hyphal formation and reduced virulence in rice by activating the expression of defense-responsive genes. We confirmed MoChi1 interaction with rice OsMBL1 in vitro and in vivo. OsMBL1 was induced by pathogen-associated molecular patterns and M. oryzae infection. Overexpression of OsMBL1 led to activation of rice defense-responsive genes and a chitin-induced reactive oxygen species burst, thereby enhancing resistance to M. oryzae Knockdown of OsMBL1 enhances susceptibility of rice plants to M. oryzae Furthermore, MoChi1 suppressed chitin-induced reactive oxygen species in rice cells and competed with OsMBL1 for chitin binding. Taken together, our study reveals a mechanism in which MoChi1 targets a host lectin to suppress rice immunity.

published proceedings

  • Plant Physiol

altmetric score

  • 12.83

author list (cited authors)

  • Han, Y., Song, L., Peng, C., Liu, X., Liu, L., Zhang, Y., ... Lu, G.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Han, Yijuan||Song, Linlin||Peng, Changlin||Liu, Xin||Liu, Lihua||Zhang, Yunhui||Wang, Wenzong||Zhou, Jie||Wang, Shihua||Ebbole, Daniel||Wang, Zonghua||Lu, Guo-Dong

publication date

  • April 2019