Journal Article

<i>Phytophthora parasitica</i> Elicitor-Induced Reactions in Cells of <i>Petroselinum Crispum</i>

Guido Fellbrich, Beatrix Blume, Frédéric Brunner, Heribert Hirt, Thomas Kroj, Wilco Ligterink, Annette Romanski and Thorsten Nürnberger

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 41, issue 6, pages 692-701
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:
Phytophthora parasitica Elicitor-Induced Reactions in Cells of Petroselinum Crispum

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Cultured parsley (Petroselinum crispum) cells respond to treatment with elicitors derived from different species of the genus Phytophthora with transcript accumulation of defense-associated genes and the production of furanocoumarin phytoalexins. Pep-25, an oligopeptide fragment of a Phytophthora sojae 42-kDa cell wall protein, and a cell wall elicitor preparation derived from Phytophthora parasitica (Pp-elicitor) stimulate accumulation of the same gene transcripts and formation of the same pattern of furanocoumarins. Treatment of cultured cells and protoplasts with proteinase-digested Pp-elicitor identified proteinaceous constituents as active eliciting compounds in parsley. Similar to Pep- 25, Pp-elicitor induced effluxes of K+ and Cl and influxes of protons and Ca2+. Concomitantly, as monitored in aequorin-transgenic parsley cell lines both elicitors induced an immediate increase in the cytoplasmic Ca2+ concentration up to sustained levels of 175 nM (Pp-elicitor) or 300 nM (Pep-25), respectively. The signature of the Ca2+ response differed greatly between the two elicitors tested. Extracellular Ca2+ proved essential for activation of an oxidative burst, MAP kinase activity and phytoalexin production by either elicitor. While Ppelicitor induced a qualitatively similar spectrum of defense responses as did Pep-25, elicitor-specific quantitative differences in response intensity and kinetics suggest activation of a conserved signaling cascade through separate ligand binding sites.

Keywords: Calcium; Oomycete; Oxidative burst; Parsley; Pathogen defense

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Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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