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Record number 550069
Title Clade 5 aspartic proteases of Phytophthora infestans are virulence factors implied in RXLR effector cleavage
Author(s) Schoina, Charikleia; Verbeek-de Kruif, Natalie; Govers, Francine; Bouwmeester, Klaas
Source European Journal of Plant Pathology 154 (2019)1. - ISSN 0929-1873 - p. 17 - 29.
Department(s) Laboratory of Phytopathology
Laboratory of Entomology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Enzymatic activity - Late blight disease - Pathogenicity - Plant-pathogen interactions - Proteolysis

Late blight caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans is one of the most destructive diseases in potato cultivation. To successfully colonize its host, P. infestans secretes a suite of effector proteins that undermine plant immunity, many of which contain a conserved N-terminal RXLR motif that strongly resembles the host targeting motif in effectors of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. In this study, we focus on three P. infestans clade 5 aspartic proteases (PiAPs) that are homologous to Plasmepsin V (PMV), a Pl. falciparum AP responsible for cleaving effectors prior to translocation into red blood cells. Malaria parasites expressing mutated PMV are impaired in effector translocation and are less virulent. To determine whether clade 5 PiAPs play similar roles in virulence, we characterized P. infestans transformants with either reduced or enhanced PiAP expression levels. Phytophthora infestans transformants with altered PiAP10 or PiAP12 expression were found to be impaired in mycelial growth and sporangia production, and are hampered in their virulence on potato leaves. This was not observed in PiAP11 transformants. Activity assays showed that PiAP10 and PiAP12 possess moderate protease activity, and can potentially cleave the RXLR effector PiAVR4, but not a PiAVR4 version with a mutated RXLR motif. These findings imply that P. infestans APs function in the proteolytic cleavage of RXLR effectors, and warrant further investigation to verify and confirm the role of clade 5 PiAPs in effector processing.

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