MicroRNAs from the parasitic plant Cuscuta campestris target host messenger RNAs

@article{Shahid2018MicroRNAsFT,
  title={MicroRNAs from the parasitic plant Cuscuta campestris target host messenger RNAs},
  author={Saima Shahid and Gunjune Kim and Nathan R. Johnson and Eric K. Wafula and Feng Wang and Ceyda Coruh and Vivian Bernal-Galeano and Tamia Phifer and Claude W. dePamphilis and James H Westwood and Michael J. Axtell},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2018},
  volume={553},
  pages={82-85}
}
Dodders (Cuscuta spp.) are obligate parasitic plants that obtain water and nutrients from the stems of host plants via specialized feeding structures called haustoria. Dodder haustoria facilitate bidirectional movement of viruses, proteins and mRNAs between host and parasite, but the functional effects of these movements are not known. Here we show that Cuscuta campestris haustoria accumulate high levels of many novel microRNAs (miRNAs) while parasitizing Arabidopsis thaliana. Many of these… CONTINUE READING