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Dr. Gitta Coaker Conveys Tale of Two Kinases

Posted: October 20, 2015

Dr. Gitta L. Coaker, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, delivered a joint seminar sponsored by the Dept. of Plant Pathology & Environmental and the Dept. of Plant Biology.
Drs. Jiménez Gasco and Coaker

Drs. Jiménez Gasco and Coaker

On Monday, Oct. 19, Dr. Gitta L. Coaker, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, delivered a joint seminar for Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology (PPEM) and Plant Biology graduate students titled "A Tale of Two Kinases: The Role of Protein Phosphorylation in Regulating Plant Immune Responses." Following the joint seminar in Wartik Lab, thirty graduate students hosted Dr. Coaker at a speaker luncheon in Buckhout Lab.

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Seminar Abstract

Plants have evolved sophisticated surveillance systems to recognize conserved microbial patterns or secreted pathogen effector proteins. Intracellular immune receptors, also known as Resistance genes, recognize pathogen effectors delivered inside host cells during infection. Results will focus on immune receptor activation and kinase mediated responses in the model plant Arabidopsis. Experiments focusing on the interaction between the Gram-positive pathogen Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis (Cmm) and its tomato host will also be presented. Using a combination of Pac Bio and Illumina sequencing, multiple Cmm strains and related saprophytic genomes have been sequenced, revealing insights into Cmm pathogenicity. Several core secreted effectors present in all pathogenic strains were identified. Results will focus on the genetic characterization of core Cmm effectors and their role in pathogen virulence and colonization.