The malectin-like receptor-like kinase LETUM1 modulates NLR protein SUMM2 activation via MEKK2 scaffolding. Academic Article uri icon


  • The innate immune system detects pathogen-derived molecules via specialized immune receptors to prevent infections1-3. Plant immune receptors include cell surface-resident pattern recognition receptors (PRRs, including receptor-like kinases (RLKs)), and intracellular nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat proteins (NLRs). It remains enigmatic how RLK- and NLR-mediated signalling are connected. Disruption of an immune-activated MEKK1-MKK1/2-MPK4 MAPK cascade activates the NLR SUMM2 via the MAPK kinase kinase MEKK2, leading to autoimmunity4-9. To gain insights into the mechanisms underlying SUMM2 activation, we used an RNA interference-based genetic screen for mekk1 autoimmune suppressors and identified an uncharacterized malectin-like RLK, named LETUM1 (LET1), as a specific regulator of mekk1-mkk1/2-mpk4 autoimmunity via complexing with both SUMM2 and MEKK2. MEKK2 scaffolds LET1 and SUMM2 for protein stability and association, and counter-regulates the F-box protein CPR1-mediated SUMM2 ubiquitination and degradation, thereby regulating SUMM2 accumulation and activation. Our study indicates that malectin-like RLK LET1 senses the perturbance of cellular homoeostasis caused by the deficiency in immune-activated signalling and activates the NLR SUMM2-mediated autoimmunity via MEKK2 scaffolding.

published proceedings

  • Nat Plants

altmetric score

  • 11.7

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, J., Huang, Y., Kong, L., Yu, X., Feng, B., Liu, D., ... He, P.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Jun||Huang, Yanyan||Kong, Liang||Yu, Xiao||Feng, Baomin||Liu, Derui||Zhao, Baoyu||Mendes, Giselle C||Yuan, Peiguo||Ge, Dongdong||Wang, Wen-Ming||Fontes, Elizabeth PB||Li, Pingwei||Shan, Libo||He, Ping

publication date

  • January 2020