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Journal of Pathogens
Volume 2011, Article ID 278697, 11 pages
Review Article

RNA-Binding Proteins in Plant Immunity

1Michael Smith Laboratories, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4
2Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4

Received 1 April 2011; Revised 17 May 2011; Accepted 3 June 2011

Academic Editor: Simone Ferrari

Copyright © 2011 Virginia Woloshen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Plant defence responses against pathogen infection are crucial to plant survival. The high degree of regulation of plant immunity occurs both transcriptionally and posttranscriptionally. Once transcribed, target gene RNA must be processed prior to translation. This includes polyadenylation, capping, editing, splicing, and mRNA export. RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been implicated at each level of RNA processing. Previous research has primarily focused on structural RNA-binding proteins of yeast and mammals; however, more recent work has characterized a number of plant RBPs and revealed their roles in plant immune responses. This paper provides an update on the known functions of RBPs in plant immune response regulation. Future in-depth analysis of RBPs and other related players will unveil the sophisticated regulatory mechanisms of RNA processing during plant immune responses.