Chin Bull Bot ›› 2019, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (3): 396-404.doi: 10.11983/CBB18099

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Advances in Molecular Regulation of Sphingolipids in Plant-fungus Interactions

Shan Tingting1,Chen Xiaomei1,*(),Guo Shunxing1,*(),Tian Lixia1,Yan Lin2,Wang Xin1   

  1. 1. Institute of Medicinal Plant Development, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100193, China
    2. Agricultural Service Center of Changsha Town, Chishui City, Guizhou Province, Chishui 564700, China
  • Received:2018-04-16 Accepted:2018-10-06 Online:2019-11-24 Published:2019-05-01
  • Contact: Chen Xiaomei,Guo Shunxing;


Sphingolipids are essential components of cell membranes and take part in many critical processes of signal transduction. In plant-fungus interactions, plant sphingolipids mainly induce programmed cell death, whereas fungus sphingolipids induce plant death or plant disease resistance. In this paper, we summarize the structure and metabolic characteristics of plant and fungus sphingolipids as well as advances in the molecular regulation of sphingolipids in plant-fungus interactions. Moreover, the research direction of the role of sphingolipids in plant-fungus symbiosis is also prospected.

Key words: glucosylceramides, pathogenic fungi, programmed cell death, sphingosine

Figure 1

The structure of sphingolipidsNo box: Sphingosine; Solid box: Fatty acid; Dotted box: Polar group"

Figure 2

Sphingosines in the structure of plant sphingolipids (modified from Warnecke and Heinz, 2003)d18:0: Dihydrosphingosine; t18:0: Phytosphingosine; d18:18: Sphing-8-enine; t18:18: 4-hydroxysphing-8-enine; d18:14: Sphingosine; d18:24,8: Sphinga-4,8-dienine"

Figure 3

Sphingolipid biosynthesis in plant and fungi (modified from Michaelson et al., 2016; Rollin-pinheiro et al., 2016) The bold border boxes are unique products of fungi. SPT: Serine palmitoyltransferase; KDHR: 3-ketodihydrosphingosine reductase; CerS: (dihydro) Ceramide synthase; DES: Dihydroceramide desaturase; SK: Sphingosine kinase; SPP: higoine- 1-phosphate phosphatases; SPL: Sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase; LCBH: LCB hydroxylase; CERK: Ceramide kinase; CPP: Ceramide-1-phosphate phosphatases; SMS: Sphingomyelin synthase; SMase: Sphingomyelinases; LCBK: LCB kinase; LCBPP: LCB-1-phosphate phosphatases; LCBPL: LCB-1-phosphate lyase; IPCS: Inositol phosphoryl ceramide synthase; IPUT1: Inositol phosphorylceramide glucuronosyl transferases 1; MIPCS: Mannosylinositol phosphorylceramide synthase; IPT: Inositol phosphoryl transferase; CGT: Galactosyltransferase; GALC: Galactosylceramidase; GCS: Glucosylceramide synthase; GCase: Glucosylceramidase; CDase: Ceramidase"

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