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Arabidopsis Putative Deacetylase AtSRT2 Regulates Basal Defense by Suppressing <i>PAD4</i>, <i>EDS5</i> and <i>SID2</i> Expression

Chunzheng Wang, Feng Gao, Jianguo Wu, Jianli Dai, Chunhong Wei and Yi Li

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 51, issue 8, pages 1291-1299
Published in print August 2010 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online June 2010 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI:

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The silent information regulator protein (Sir2) and its homologs are NAD+-dependent deacetylase enzymes that play important roles in a variety of physiological processes. However, the functions of the Sir2 family in plants are poorly understood. Here, we report that Arabidopsis AtSRT2, a homolog of yeast Sir2, negatively regulates plant basal defense against the pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 (PstDC3000). In response to PstDC3000 infection, the expression of AtSRT2 was down-regulated in a salicylic acid (SA)-independent manner. In addition, knock-out of AtSRT2 (srt2) enhanced resistance against PstDC3000 and increased expression of pathogenesis-related gene 1 (PR1). Conversely, overexpression of AtSRT2 resulted in hypersusceptibility to PstDC3000 and impaired PR1 induction. Consistent with this phenotype, expression of PAD4, EDS5 and SID2, three essential genes in the SA biosynthesis pathway, were increased in the srt2 mutant and decreased in AtSRT2-overexpressing plants. Taken together, these results demonstrate that AtSRT2 is a negative regulator of basal defense, possibly by suppressing SA biosynthesis.

Keywords: AtSRT2; Basal defense; EDS5; PAD4; PstDC3000; SID2

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

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