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Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2002 Jul;15(7):717-27.

Potato gene Y-1 is an N gene homolog that confers cell death upon infection with potato virus Y.

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  • 1Department of Plant Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.


ADG2 is a DNA sequence mapped to a resistance (R) gene-rich region at the distal end of chromosome XI in potato (Solanum tuberosum subsp. andigena). The gene, in which ADG2 represents the predicted nucleotide-binding domain (NBS), was cloned and characterized. The coding region of the gene (designated as Y-1) is 6,187 bp long and structurally similar to gene N that confers hypersensitive resistance to Tobacco mosaic virus in Nicotiana spp. Both belong to the TIR-NBS-LRR class of genes and show 57% identity at the amino acid sequence level. The introns of Y-1 were spliced as predicted from the sequence. Y-1 cosegregated with Ry(adg), a gene for extreme resistance to Potato virus Y (PVY) on chromosome XI, as tested in a potato-mapping population and with independent potato cultivars. Leaves of the transgenic potato plants expressing Y-1 under the control of Cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter developed necrotic lesions upon infection with PVY, but no significant resistance was observed, and plants were systemically infected with PVY.

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