An effector from the Huanglongbing-associated pathogen targets citrus proteases

Clark, Kelley, Franco, Jessica Yvette, Schwizer, Simon, Pang, Zhiqian, Hawara, Eva, Liebrand, Thomas W. H., Pagliaccia, Deborah, Zeng, Liping, Gurung, Fatta B., Wang, Pengcheng, Shi, Jinxia, Wang, Yinsheng, Ancona, Veronica, Van Der Hoorn, Renier A. L., Wang, Nian, Coaker, Gitta and Ma, Wenbo (2018) An effector from the Huanglongbing-associated pathogen targets citrus proteases. Nature Communications, 9 (1). ISSN 2041-1723

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The citrus industry is facing an unprecedented challenge from Huanglongbing (HLB). All cultivars can be affected by the HLB-associated bacterium ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (CLas) and there is no known resistance. Insight into HLB pathogenesis is urgently needed in order to develop effective management strategies. Here, we use Sec-delivered effector 1 (SDE1), which is conserved in all CLas isolates, as a molecular probe to understand CLas virulence. We show that SDE1 directly interacts with citrus papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) and inhibits protease activity. PLCPs are defense-inducible and exhibit increased protein accumulation in CLas-infected trees, suggesting a role in citrus defense responses. We analyzed PLCP activity in field samples, revealing specific members that increase in abundance but remain unchanged in activity during infection. SDE1-expressing transgenic citrus also exhibit reduced PLCP activity. These data demonstrate that SDE1 inhibits citrus PLCPs, which are immune-related proteases that enhance defense responses in plants.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > The Sainsbury Laboratory
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 01:17
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:25
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04140-9

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