Cellulose synthesis in Phytophthora infestans is required for normal appressorium formation and successful infection of potato.

@article{GrenvilleBriggs2008CelluloseSI,
  title={Cellulose synthesis in Phytophthora infestans is required for normal appressorium formation and successful infection of potato.},
  author={Laura J. Grenville-Briggs and Victoria L. Anderson and Johanna Fugelstad and Anna O. Avrova and Jamel Bouzenzana and Alison Williams and Stephan Wawra and Stephen C. Whisson and Paul R. J. Birch and Vincent Bulone and Pieter van West},
  journal={The Plant cell},
  year={2008},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={720-38}
}
Cellulose, the important structural compound of cell walls, provides strength and rigidity to cells of numerous organisms. Here, we functionally characterize four cellulose synthase genes (CesA) in the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of potato (Solanum tuberosum) late blight. Three members of this new protein family contain Pleckstrin homology domains and form a distinct phylogenetic group most closely related to the cellulose synthases of cyanobacteria… CONTINUE READING