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Phosphite induces expression of a putative proteophosphoglycan gene in Phytophthora cinnamomi

Wong, M-H, McComb, J.A., Hardy, G.E.St.J. and O'Brien, P.A. (2009) Phosphite induces expression of a putative proteophosphoglycan gene in Phytophthora cinnamomi. Australasian Plant Pathology, 38 (3). pp. 235-241.

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The phosphate analogue phosphite is widely used to control diseases of plants caused by oomycete pathogens such as those within the genus Phytophthora. Phosphite inhibits zoospore production and growth of P. cinnamomi. However, very little is known about the underlying mechanism of action. In the present study, we grew P. cinnamomi in Ribero's liquid medium with 0.1 mM phosphate, with and without 5 g phosphite/mL, and used differential display reverse transcriptasePCR (DDRTPCR) to identify P. cinnamomi genes that are transcriptionally repressed or induced by phosphite. By using this technique, four differentially expressed bands were identified. However, quantitative measurement of the amount of mRNA transcript by RTPCR revealed that only one gene was actually phosphite inducible. On the basis of the homology of the deduced amino acid sequence, this gene encodes a proteophosphoglycan. The remaining three bands did not show differential expression.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Copyright: © 2009 Australasian Plant Pathology Society
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