J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2013, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (12): 1188-1197.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12071

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Big Roles of Small Kinases: The Complex Functions of Receptor-Like Cytoplasmic Kinases in Plant Immunity and Development

Wenwei Lin1†, Xiyu Ma2†, Libo Shan1 and Ping He2*   

  1. 1Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
    2Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA
  • Received:2013-02-14 Accepted:2013-05-21 Published:2013-12-01
  • About author:These authors contributed equally to the work.
    *Corresponding author: Tel: +1 979 458 1368 Fax: +1 979 862 4790 E-mail: pinghe@tamu.edu


Plants have evolved a large number of receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases (RLCKs) that often functionally and physically associate with receptor-like kinases (RLKs) to modulate plant growth, development and immune responses. Without any apparent extracellular domain, RLCKs relay intracellular signaling often via RLK complex-mediated transphosphorylation events. Recent advances have suggested essential roles of diverse RLCKs in concert with RLKs in regulating various cellular and physiological responses. We summarize here the complex roles of RLCKs in mediating plant immune responses and growth regulation, and discuss specific and overlapping functions of RLCKs in transducing diverse signaling pathways.

Lin W, Ma X, Shan L, He P (2013) Big roles of small kinases: The complex functions of receptor‐like cytoplasmic kinases in plant immunity and development. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 55(12), 1188–1197.

Key words: Phosphorylation, plant development, plant immunity, receptor-like cytoplasmic kinases

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