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Received August 29, 2016; Revision received September 19, 2016
Various forms of participation of proteolytic enzymes in pathogenesis and defense in plants are reviewed. Along with extracellular proteinases, phytopathogenic microorganisms produce specific effectors having proteolytic activity and capable of acting on proteins inside plant cells. In turn, for defense against pathogens, plants use both extracellular and intracellular proteinases.
KEY WORDS: phytopathogenic microorganisms, proteolytic enzymes, pathogenesis-related proteins