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Peck, Scott

Scott Peck

Scott Peck
Bond Life Sciences Center


Area(s) of Expertise: The perception of and response to microbial signal molecules is a vital strategy evolved by plants to survive attacks by potential pathogens. Substantial evidence exists for the requirement of phosphorylation to initiate a range of defense-related responses. The identity of the phosphorylated proteins and their role in defense, however, remains largely unknown. To uncover new subsets of signaling candidates, my laboratory has developed complementary proteomic approaches to identify proteins undergoing phosphorylation in Arabidopsis cells within      minutes after the application of microbial elicitors. This program has revealed more than 40 novel components associated with defense responses. We have also used reverse genetics to demonstrate that at least some of these phosphoproteins play important roles in resistance to microbes. Our next goal is to complete the pathways linking elicitor perception to the phosphorylation of these signaling components.

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