Autophagy can be regarded as a protection mechanism to restrict programmed cell death (PCD) induced by pathogen infection during plant innate immunity in the early stages. Autophagy related 5 (ATG5) plays an important role in autophagy in Arabidopsis. We investigated the function of ATG5 in Arabidopsis in the hypersensitive response (HR)-PCD elicited by both virulent and avirulent strains of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato bacteria DC3000. Results show that ATG5 plays a vital role in limiting HR induced by P. syringae strains and colocalizes with autophagic bodies during the early phase of bacterial infection. In addition, the P. syringae-induced response is mediated by the salicylic acid (SA) signaling pathway. In summary, ATG5 is required for limiting HRPCD induced in Arabidopsis by P. syringae strains and may be mediated by SA signaling.
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