Nod factor signaling genes and their function in the early stages of Rhizobium infection.

@article{Geurts2005NodFS,
  title={Nod factor signaling genes and their function in the early stages of Rhizobium infection.},
  author={Ren{\'e} Geurts and Elena Fedorova and Ton Bisseling},
  journal={Current opinion in plant biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={8 4},
  pages={346-52}
}
A lipochitosaccharide-based signal molecule that is secreted by Rhizobium, named Nod factor (NF), induces root nodule formation in legumes. This molecule is also essential for the establishment of bacterial infection. Genetic analyses in the legume species Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula have led to the identification of many components of the NF signaling cascade. At least three of these genes do not function exclusively in the Rhizobium symbiosis but are also essential for the… CONTINUE READING