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Frontiers of Agriculture in China

ISSN 1673-7334

ISSN 1673-744X(Online)

CN 11-5729/S

Front Agric Chin    2011, Vol. 5 Issue (3) : 338-343     DOI: 10.1007/s11703-011-1090-6
BcDR1, a putative gene, regulates the development and pathogenicity of Botrytis cinerea
Bin ZHAO1, Meng ZHENG2, Zhiying SUN1, Zhiyong LI3, Jihong XING1(), Jingao DONG1()
1. Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, Agricultural University of Hebei, Baoding 071001, China; 2. Agriculture Bureau of Langfang, Langfang 065000, China; 3. Millet Institute, Hebei Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Shijiazhuang 050031, China
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Botrytis cinerea is one of the important phytopathogenic fungi. Cloning of the genes related to their development and pathogenicity is fundamental to the pathogen control. A mutant (BCt160), which produces abnormal conidia and no sclerotia, was identified from Botrytis cinerea mutant library generated by Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation (ATMT). Southern blotting analysis showed that one T-DNA insertion occurred in the genome of the mutant. TAIL-PCR (thermal asymmetric interlaced PCR) and bioinformatic analysis indicated that the exogenous T-DNA insertion occurred in the second exon of a putative gene BC1G_12388.1, named as BcDR1 (B. cinerea development-related gene 1). The function analysis of BcDR1 gene showed that the BcDR1 was related to development, morphological differentiation, and pathogenicity of B. cinerea, suggesting that BcDR1 gene was required for the development and pathogenicity of B. cinerea.

Keywords Botrytis cinerea      T-DNA mutagenesis      BcDR1      functional analysis     
Corresponding Authors: XING Jihong,; DONG Jingao,   
Issue Date: 05 September 2011
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Fig.1  PCR analysis and Southern blotting of hygromycin resistance gene.
Note: (B) Southern blotting of BCt160 mutant with hygromycin B resistant gene. M1 is DNA marker DL2000. M2 is DNA molecular-weight marker DIG labeled, 0.12–23.1 kb.
Fig.2  Bioinformatics analysis of .
Note: A means illustration of the BC1G12388.1 locus with the T-DNA insertion in mutant BCt160, and primers used for identifying mutant BCt160 and mutant gene. B means phylogenetics analysis of from different fungi species retrieved from GenBank database including (A6SIW8; BC1G_12388; ), (A7ERY9; SS1G_08094) and (C8VQP5, C8V280, C8V4S7, C8VRR4, C8VTY5; Putative Zn(II)Cys transcription factor).
Fig.3  PCR analysis results of gene.
Note: A represents amplification using LB3 and P4. B represents amplification using gene specific primers.
Fig.4  RT-PCR analysis results of .
Fig.5  Phenotypic analysis of BCt160 mutant.
Note: A is phenotypic characteristics of BCt160 mutant cultured in PDA medium. B is conidium characteristics of BCt160 mutant. C is pathogenicity assay of BCt160 mutant (1, BCt160; 2, BC22; 3, needle inoculation BC22; 4, needle inoculation BCt160).
StrainsThe area of sclerotias (mm2)The quantity of sporulation (10/cm2)The size of conidiaLesion diameter with inoculation no wound (mm)Lesion diameter with wound inoculation (mm)
BC22>2000 a12.1±0.3 a(8.5±0.3) μm × (9.7±0.3) μm a15.4±1.3 a31.7±2.1a
BCt1600 b30.0±0.4 b(8.7±0.4) μm × (19.2±0.2) μm b7.2±0.9 b23.7±1.7 b
Tab.1  Phenotypic analysis between mutant strain BCt160 and wild-type BC22
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