Oomycete pathogens encode RNA silencing suppressors

Qiao, Yongli, Liu, Lin, Xiong, Qin, Flores, Cristina, Wong, James, Shi, Jinxia, Wang, Xianbing, Liu, Xigang, Xiang, Qijun, Jiang, Shushu, Zhang, Fuchun, Wang, Yuanchao, Judelson, Howard S., Chen, Xuemei and Ma, Wenbo (2013) Oomycete pathogens encode RNA silencing suppressors. Nature Genetics, 45 (3). pp. 330-333. ISSN 1061-4036

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Effectors are essential virulence proteins produced by a broad range of parasites, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, protozoa, insects and nematodes. Upon entry into host cells, pathogen effectors manipulate specific physiological processes or signaling pathways to subvert host immunity. Most effectors, especially those of eukaryotic pathogens, remain functionally uncharacterized. Here, we show that two effectors from the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora sojae suppress RNA silencing in plants by inhibiting the biogenesis of small RNAs. Ectopic expression of these Phytophthora suppressors of RNA silencing enhances plant susceptibility to both a virus and Phytophthora, showing that some eukaryotic pathogens have evolved virulence proteins that target host RNA silencing processes to promote infection. These findings identify RNA silencing suppression as a common strategy used by pathogens across kingdoms to cause disease and are consistent with RNA silencing having key roles in host defense.

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Additional Information: Acknowledgements: The authors thank B. Tyler (Oregon State University) for providing soybean seeds and ten effector clones. S. Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory) and M. Coffey (University of California, Riverside) kindly provided pGR106 and P. sojae strain P6497, respectively. The authors are indebted to S.-W. Ding for sharing viral suppressor constructs and thoughtful input. This work was supported by funds from the University of California, Riverside, to W.M. and X.C., National Science Foundation (NSF) grant IOS-0847870 to W.M. and US Department of Agriculture–National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) grants 2010-04209 and 2008-00694 to X.C. and H.S.J., respectively. L.L. was supported by a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council.
Uncontrolled Keywords: genetics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1300/1311
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > The Sainsbury Laboratory
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Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 12:31
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:12
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88164
DOI: 10.1038/ng.2525

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