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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Feb 17;95(4):1933-7.

Ethylene-insensitive tobacco lacks nonhost resistance against soil-borne fungi.

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Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University, P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands.

Abstract

Enhanced ethylene production is an early response of plants to pathogen attack and has been associated with both resistance and susceptibility to disease. Tobacco plants were transformed with the mutant etr1-1 gene from Arabidopsis, conferring dominant ethylene insensitivity. Besides lacking known ethylene responses, these transformants (Tetr) did not slow growth when contacting neighboring plants, hardly expressed defense-related basic pathogenesis-related proteins, and developed spontaneous stem browning. Whereas hypersensitive resistance to tobacco mosaic virus was unimpaired, Tetr plants had lost nonhost resistance against normally nonpathogenic soil-borne fungi.

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9465120
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PMC19216
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