Edited by Thomas W. Durso
A. Levine, R. Tenhaken, R. Dixon, C. Lamb, "H2O2 from the oxidative burst orchestrates the plant hypersensitive disease resistance response," Cell, 79:583-93, 1994. (Cited in more than 80 publications through August 1996) Comments by Chris Lamb, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, Calif.

'A VERY ACTIVE AREA': Chris Lamb notes that a burst of hydrogen peroxide causes invaded cells to die and helps protect surrounding cells.
Plants under attack from invading pathogens respond with a variety of defense mechanisms, including the production of oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In addition, this so-called hypersensitive response often results in the death of the cell being invaded.

In this paper, researchers were able to show a causal relationship, rather than a mere correlation, between the oxidative burst and the hypersensitive cell death, according to Chris Lamb,...

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