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Fungal Genet Biol. 2001 Jul;33(2):97-105.

Botrytis cinerea endopolygalacturonase genes are differentially expressed in various plant tissues.

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Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, Binnenhaven 9, 6700 EE Wageningen, The Netherlands.


Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of blight, rot, and gray mold on many plant species, secretes various endopolygalacturonases during all stages of infection. The expression pattern of the encoding genes (Bcpg 1-6) was studied on four hosts: tomato, broad bean, apple, and courgette (also known as zucchini). All gene family members are differentially expressed, depending on the stage of infection and the host. Bcpg1 is expressed in all tissues tested although differences in transcript levels occur. Bcpg2 expression is detected early in the infection of three of four plant tissues tested. Bcpg3 and Bcpg5 are expressed in apple fruit tissue, although probably as a result of different regulatory mechanisms. The expression patterns of Bcpg4 and 6 are in agreement with their inducibility by monogalacturonic acid. The pattern of Bcpg gene expression indicates that B. cinerea is equipped with a flexible enzymatic pectate degradation machinery. The studies pinpoint new targets for gene disruption studies.

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