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Can J Microbiol. 2009 Feb;55(2):110-6. doi: 10.1139/w08-112.

Extracellular superoxide anion production contributes to the virulence of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae.

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School of Life sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou-730000, China.


Endogenous superoxide anion production was determined by electron spin resonance in wild-type strains and avrXa7 mutants of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. The localization of superoxide anion was carried out in the intra- and extra-cellular fractions. Results showed the presence of superoxide anion in multi-locations of X. oryzae pv. oryzae cells. The extracellular fraction was the major location of superoxide anion production. Furthermore, a positive relationship was shown between the levels of endogenous superoxide anion and the virulence of strains. These indubitable results suggested that the superoxide anion contributes to the virulence of X. oryzae pv. oryzae.

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