The receptor-like kinase NIK1 targets FLS2/BAK1 immune complex and inversely modulates antiviral and antibacterial immunity. Academic Article uri icon


  • Plants deploy various immune receptors to recognize pathogens and defend themselves. Crosstalk may happen among receptor-mediated signal transduction pathways in the same host during simultaneous infection of different pathogens. However, the related function of the receptor-like kinases (RLKs) in thwarting different pathogens remains elusive. Here, we report that NIK1, which positively regulates plant antiviral immunity, acts as an important negative regulator of antibacterial immunity. nik1 plants exhibit dwarfed morphology, enhanced disease resistance to bacteria and increased PAMP-triggered immunity (PTI) responses, which are restored by NIK1 reintroduction. Additionally, NIK1 negatively regulates the formation of the FLS2/BAK1 complex. The interaction between NIK1 and FLS2/BAK1 is enhanced upon flg22 perception, revealing a novel PTI regulatory mechanism by an RLK. Furthermore, flg22 perception induces NIK1 and RPL10A phosphorylation in vivo, activating antiviral signalling. The NIK1-mediated inverse modulation of antiviral and antibacterial immunity may allow bacteria and viruses to activate host immune responses against each other.

published proceedings

  • Nat Commun

altmetric score

  • 18.9

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, B. o., Ferreira, M. A., Huang, M., Camargos, L. F., Yu, X., Teixeira, R. M., ... Fontes, E.

citation count

  • 41

complete list of authors

  • Li, Bo||Ferreira, Marco Aurélio||Huang, Mengling||Camargos, Luiz Fernando||Yu, Xiao||Teixeira, Ruan M||Carpinetti, Paola A||Mendes, Giselle C||Gouveia-Mageste, Bianca C||Liu, Chenglong||Pontes, Claudia SL||Brustolini, Otávio JB||Martins, Laura GC||Melo, Bruno P||Duarte, Christiane EM||Shan, Libo||He, Ping||Fontes, Elizabeth PB

publication date

  • January 2019