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    Genome-wide association mapping of flowering and ripening periods in apple
    Urrestarazu, Jorge ; Muranty, Hélène ; Denancé, Caroline ; Leforestier, Diane ; Ravon, Elisa ; Guyader, Arnaud ; Guisnel, Rémi ; Feugey, Laurence ; Aubourg, Sébastien ; Celton, Jean Marc ; Daccord, Nicolas ; Dondini, Luca ; Gregori, Roberto ; Lateur, Marc ; Houben, Patrick ; Ordidge, Matthew ; Paprstein, Frantisek ; Sedlak, Jiri ; Nybom, Hilde ; Garkava-Gustavsson, Larisa ; Troggio, Michela ; Bianco, Luca ; Velasco, Riccardo ; Poncet, Charles ; Théron, Anthony ; Moriya, Shigeki ; Bink, Marco C.A.M. ; Laurens, François ; Tartarini, Stefano ; Durel, Charles Eric - \ 2017
    Frontiers in Plant Science 8 (2017). - ISSN 1664-462X
    Adaptive traits - Association genetics - Germplasm collection - GWAS - Malus × domestica Borkh - Microsynteny - Quantitative trait loci - SNP
    Deciphering the genetic control of flowering and ripening periods in apple is essential for breeding cultivars adapted to their growing environments. We implemented a large Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) at the European level using an association panel of 1,168 different apple genotypes distributed over six locations and phenotyped for these phenological traits. The panel was genotyped at a high-density of SNPs using the Axiom®Apple 480 K SNP array. We ran GWAS with a multi-locus mixed model (MLMM), which handles the putatively confounding effect of significant SNPs elsewhere on the genome. Genomic regions were further investigated to reveal candidate genes responsible for the phenotypic variation. At the whole population level, GWAS retained two SNPs as cofactors on chromosome 9 for flowering period, and six for ripening period (four on chromosome 3, one on chromosome 10 and one on chromosome 16) which, together accounted for 8.9 and 17.2% of the phenotypic variance, respectively. For both traits, SNPs in weak linkage disequilibrium were detected nearby, thus suggesting the existence of allelic heterogeneity. The geographic origins and relationships of apple cultivars accounted for large parts of the phenotypic variation. Variation in genotypic frequency of the SNPs associated with the two traits was connected to the geographic origin of the genotypes (grouped as North+East, West and South Europe), and indicated differential selection in different growing environments. Genes encoding transcription factors containing either NAC or MADS domains were identified as major candidates within the small confidence intervals computed for the associated genomic regions. A strong microsynteny between apple and peach was revealed in all the four confidence interval regions. This study shows how association genetics can unravel the genetic control of important horticultural traits in apple, as well as reduce the confidence intervals of the associated regions identified by linkage mapping approaches. Our findings can be used for the improvement of apple through marker-assisted breeding strategies that take advantage of the accumulating additive effects of the identified SNPs.
    Genome wide association study of two phenology traits (flowering time and maturity date) in apple
    Muranty, Hélène ; Urrestarazu, J. ; Denancé, C. ; Leforestier, D. ; Ravon, E. ; Guyader, A. ; Guisnel, R. ; Feugey, L. ; Tartarini, S. ; Dondini, L. ; Gregori, R. ; Lateur, M. ; Houben, E.H.P. ; Sedlak, J. ; Paprstein, F. ; Ordidge, M. ; Nybom, H. ; Garkava-Gustavsson, L. ; Troggio, M. ; Bianco, L. ; Velasco, R. ; Poncet, C. ; Théron, Anthony ; Bink, M.C.A.M. ; Laurens, F. ; Durel, C.E. - \ 2017
    In: 14th EUCARPIA Symposium on Fruit Breeding and Genetics International Society for Horticultural Science (Acta Horticulturae ) - ISBN 9789462611689 - p. 411 - 417.
    Germplasm collections - Malus × domestica - Marker-assisted selection
    The aim of Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) is to identify markers in tight linkage disequilibrium with loci controlling quantitative trait variation. These markers can then be used in marker-assisted selection (MAS) in fruit crops such as apple. The GWAS approach involves both phenotyping of a large population of mostly unrelated individuals for the traits of interest, and genotyping at high marker density. In the EU-FP7 project FruitBreedomics, almost 1,200 European diploid dessert apple accessions (old and/or local cultivars) from six germplasm collections were genotyped with the Affymetrix Axiom-Apple480K array (487,000 SNPs). Phenotypic data on a large number of traits have been gathered during the project. Here we focus on flowering period and harvesting date. Knowledge of the genetic control of these traits is necessary to develop cultivars that can face the challenges imposed by global climate change and to target cultivar development as a function of a prolonged vegetation period in the production regions. Different models were tested, including control for effects of population structure and relatedness between cultivars. The full model, controlling for both structure and relatedness, was shown to be the most appropriate to avoid spurious marker-trait associations. When analyzing data over all collections, one significant marker-trait association was obtained for each trait, on chromosomes 9 and 3, for flowering period and harvesting date, respectively. Thereby, genomic locations previously identified in bi-parental populations could now be confirmed for a genetically diverse germplasm.
    Development and validation of the Axiom®Apple480K SNP genotyping array
    Bianco, Luca ; Cestaro, Alessandro ; Linsmith, Gareth ; Muranty, Hélène ; Denancé, Caroline ; Théron, Anthony ; Poncet, Charles ; Micheletti, Diego ; Kerschbamer, Emanuela ; Pierro, Erica A. Di; Larger, Simone ; Pindo, Massimo ; De Weg, Eric Van; Davassi, Alessandro ; Laurens, François ; Velasco, Riccardo ; Durel, Charles Eric ; Troggio, Michela - \ 2016
    The Plant Journal 86 (2016)1. - ISSN 0960-7412 - p. 62 - 74.
    genome-wide association study - genotyping - linkage mapping - Malus × domestica Borkh. - SNP chip - validation

    Cultivated apple (Malus × domestica Borkh.) is one of the most important fruit crops in temperate regions, and has great economic and cultural value. The apple genome is highly heterozygous and has undergone a recent duplication which, combined with a rapid linkage disequilibrium decay, makes it difficult to perform genome-wide association (GWA) studies. Single nucleotide polymorphism arrays offer highly multiplexed assays at a relatively low cost per data point and can be a valid tool for the identification of the markers associated with traits of interest. Here, we describe the development and validation of a 487K SNP Affymetrix Axiom® genotyping array for apple and discuss its potential applications. The array has been built from the high-depth resequencing of 63 different cultivars covering most of the genetic diversity in cultivated apple. The SNPs were chosen by applying a focal points approach to enrich genic regions, but also to reach a uniform coverage of non-genic regions. A total of 1324 apple accessions, including the 92 progenies of two mapping populations, have been genotyped with the Axiom®Apple480K to assess the effectiveness of the array. A large majority of SNPs (359 994 or 74%) fell in the stringent class of poly high resolution polymorphisms. We also devised a filtering procedure to identify a subset of 275K very robust markers that can be safely used for germplasm surveys in apple. The Axiom®Apple480K has now been commercially released both for public and proprietary use and will likely be a reference tool for GWA studies in apple.

    PIRIN2 stabilizes cysteine protease XCP2 and increases susceptibility to the vascular pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum in Arabidopsis
    Zhang, B. ; Tremousaygue, D. ; Denancé, N. ; Esse, H.P. van; Hörger, A.C. ; Dabos, P. ; Goffner, D. ; Thomma, B.P.H.J. ; Hoorn, R.A.L. van der; Tuominen, H. - \ 2014
    The Plant Journal 79 (2014)6. - ISSN 0960-7412 - p. 1009 - 1019.
    programmed cell-death - nf-kappa-b - disease resistance - phytophthora-infestans - gene-expression - plants - xylem - thaliana - effector - defense
    PIRIN (PRN) is a member of the functionally diverse cupin protein superfamily. There are four members of the Arabidopsis thaliana PRN family, but the roles of these proteins are largely unknown. Here we describe a function of the Arabidopsis PIRIN2 (PRN2) that is related to susceptibility to the bacterial plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum. Two prn2 mutant alleles displayed decreased disease development and bacterial growth in response to R. solanacearum infection. We elucidated the underlying molecular mechanism by analyzing PRN2 interactions with the papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) XCP2, RD21A, and RD21B, all of which bound to PRN2 in yeast two-hybrid assays and in Arabidopsis protoplast co-immunoprecipitation assays. We show that XCP2 is stabilized by PRN2 through inhibition of its autolysis on the basis of PLCP activity profiling assays and enzymatic assays with recombinant protein. The stabilization of XCP2 by PRN2 was also confirmed in planta. Like prn2 mutants, an xcp2 single knockout mutant and xcp2 prn2 double knockout mutant displayed decreased susceptibility to R. solanacearum, suggesting that stabilization of XCP2 by PRN2 underlies susceptibility to R. solanacearum in Arabidopsis.
    Erosion of quantitative host resistance in the apple × Venturia inaequalis pathosystem
    Caffier, V. ; Lasserre-Zuber, P. ; Giraud, M. ; Lascostes, M. ; Sievenard, R. ; LeMarquand, A. ; Weg, W.E. van de; Expert, P. ; Denancé, C. - \ 2014
    Infection, Genetics and Evolution 27 (2014). - ISSN 1567-1348 - p. 481 - 489.
    f-sp tritici - latent period - trait loci - disease resistance - broad-spectrum - phytophthora-infestans - differential selection - pathogen population - puccinia-triticina - erysiphe-graminis
    Theoretical approaches predict that host quantitative resistance selects for pathogens with a high level of pathogenicity, leading to erosion of the resistance. This process of erosion has, however, rarely been experimentally demonstrated. To investigate the erosion of apple quantitative resistance to scab disease, we surveyed scab incidence over time in a network of three orchards planted with susceptible and quantitatively resistant apple genotypes. We sampled Venturiainaequalis isolates from two of these orchards at the beginning of the experiment and we tested their quantitative components of pathogenicity (i.e., global disease severity, lesion density, lesion size, latent period) under controlled conditions. The disease severity produced by the isolates on the quantitatively resistant apple genotypes differed between the sites. Our study showed that quantitative resistance may be subject to erosion and even complete breakdown, depending on the site. We observed this evolution over time for apple genotypes that combine two broad-spectrum scab resistance QTLs, F11 and F17, showing a significant synergic effect of this combination in favour of resistance (i.e., favourable epistatic effect). We showed that isolates sampled in the orchard where the resistance was inefficient presented a similar level of pathogenicity on both apple genotypes with quantitative resistance and susceptible genotypes. As a consequence, our results revealed a case where the use of quantitative resistance may result in the emergence of a generalist pathogen population that has extended its pathogenicity range by performing similarly on susceptible and resistant genotypes. This emphasizes the need to develop quantitative resistances conducive to trade-offs within the pathogen populations concerned.
    Disease resistance or growth: the role of plant hormones in balancing immune responses and fitness costs
    Denance, N. ; Sanchez Vallet, A. ; Goffner, D. ; Molina, A. - \ 2013
    Frontiers in Plant Science 4 (2013). - ISSN 1664-462X
    systemic acquired-resistance - pattern-recognition receptors - mediated defense responses - syringae pv. tomato - abscisic-acid - pseudomonas-syringae - salicylic-acid - arabidopsis-thaliana - botrytis-cinerea - ustilago-maydis
    Plant growth and response to environmental cues are largely governed by phytohormones. The plant hormones ethylene, jasmonic acid, and salicylic acid (SA) play a central role in the regulation of plant immune responses. In addition, other plant hormones, such as auxins, abscisic acid (ABA), cytokinins, gibberellins, and brassinosteroids, that have been thoroughly described to regulate plant development and growth, have recently emerged as key regulators of plant immunity. Plant hormones interact in complex networks to balance the response to developmental and environmental cues and thus limiting defense-associated fitness costs. The molecular mechanisms that govern these hormonal networks are largely unknown. Moreover, hormone signaling pathways are targeted by pathogens to disturb and evade plant defense responses. In this review, we address novel insights on the regulatory roles of the ABA, SA, and auxin in plant resistance to pathogens and we describe the complex interactions among their signal transduction pathways. The strategies developed by pathogens to evade hormone-mediated defensive responses are also described. Based on these data we discuss how hormone signaling could be manipulated to improve the resistance of crops to pathogens.
    Arabidopsis wat1 (walls are thin1)-mediated resistance to the bacterial vascular pathogen, Ralstonia solanacearum, is accompanied by cross-regulation of salicylic acid and tryptophan metabolism
    Denancé, N. ; Ranocha, P. ; Oria, N. ; Barlet, X. ; Rivière, M.P. ; Yadeta, K.A. ; Hoffmann, L. ; Perreau, F. ; Clément, G. ; Maia-Grondard, A. ; Berg, G.C.M. van den; Savelli, B. ; Fournier, S. ; Aubert, Y. ; Pelletier, S. ; Thomma, B.P.H.J. ; Molina, A. ; Jouanin, L. ; Marco, Y. ; Goffner, D. - \ 2013
    The Plant Journal 73 (2013)2. - ISSN 0960-7412 - p. 225 - 239.
    plant-cell wall - systemic acquired-resistance - fusarium-oxysporum - disease-resistance - wilt disease - plectosphaerella-cucumerina - medicago-truncatula - confers resistance - thaliana - mutant
    Inactivation of Arabidopsis WAT1 (Walls Are Thin1), a gene required for secondary cell-wall deposition, conferred broad-spectrum resistance to vascular pathogens, including the bacteria Ralstonia solanacearum and Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris, and the fungi Verticillium dahliae and Verticillium albo-atrum. Introduction of NahG, the bacterial salicylic acid (SA)-degrading salicylate hydroxylase gene, into the wat1 mutant restored full susceptibility to both R. solanacearum and X. campestris pv. campestris. Moreover, SA content was constitutively higher in wat1 roots, further supporting a role for SA in wat1-mediated resistance to vascular pathogens. By combining transcriptomic and metabolomic data, we demonstrated a general repression of indole metabolism in wat1-1 roots as shown by constitutive down-regulation of several genes encoding proteins of the indole glucosinolate biosynthetic pathway and reduced amounts of tryptophan (Trp), indole-3-acetic acid and neoglucobrassicin, the major form of indole glucosinolate in roots. Furthermore, the susceptibility of the wat1 mutant to R. solanacearum was partially restored when crossed with either the trp5 mutant, an over-accumulator of Trp, or Pro35S:AFB1-myc, in which indole-3-acetic acid signaling is constitutively activated. Our original hypothesis placed cell-wall modifications at the heart of the wat1 resistance phenotype. However, the results presented here suggest a mechanism involving root-localized metabolic channeling away from indole metabolites to SA as a central feature of wat1 resistance to R. solanacearum.
    Arabidopsis WAT1, a homolog to Medicago truncatula Nodulin21, is essential for auxin homeostasis, secondary cell wall formation, and plant-pathogen interactions
    Denancé, N. ; Ranocha, P. ; Hoffmann, L. ; Digonnet, C. ; Barlet, X. ; Aubert, Y. ; Chassenay, M. ; Rivière, M. ; Larroque, M. ; Dumas, B. ; Molina, A. ; Thomma, B.P.H.J. ; Marco, Y. ; Goffner, D. - \ 2009
    In: ISMPMI International Congress abstracts, Quebec City, Canada, 19-23 July 2009. - - p. 56 - 56.
    Identification of a major QTL together with several minor additive or epistatic QTLs for resistance to fire blight in apple in two related progenies
    Calenge, F. ; Drouet, D. ; Denance, C. ; Weg, W.E. van de; Brisset, M.N. ; Paulin, J.P. ; Durel, C.E. - \ 2005
    Theoretical and Applied Genetics 111 (2005)1. - ISSN 0040-5752 - p. 128 - 135.
    disease resistance - venturia-inaequalis - erwinia-amylovora - scab resistance - linkage maps - genes - organization - cultivars - evolution
    Although fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is one of the most destructive diseases of apple (Malus x domestica) worldwide, no major, qualitative gene for resistance to this disease has been identified to date in apple. We conducted a quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis in two F-1 progenies derived from crosses between the cultivars Fiesta and either Discovery or Prima. Both progenies were inoculated in the greenhouse with the same strain of E. amylovora, and the length of necrosis was scored 7 days and 14 days after inoculation. Additive QTLs were identified using the MAPQTL software, and digenic epistatic interactions, which are an indication of putative epistatic QTLs, were detected by two-way analyses of variance. A major QTL explaining 34.3-46.6% of the phenotypic variation was identified on linkage group (LG) 7 of Fiesta in both progenies at the same genetic position. Four minor QTLs were also identified on LGs 3, 12 and 13. In addition, several significant digenic interactions were identified in both progenies. These results confirm the complex polygenic nature of resistance to fire blight in the progenies studied and also reveal the existence of a major QTL on LG7 that is stable in two distinct genetic backgrounds. This QTL could be a valuable target in marker-assisted selection to obtain new, fire blight-resistant apple cultivars and forms a starting point for discovering the function of the genes underlying such QTLs involved in fire blight control.
    Resistance gene analogues identified through the NBS-profiling method map close to major genes and QTL for disease resistance in apple
    Calenge, F. ; Linden, C.G. van der; Weg, W.E. van de; Schouten, H.J. ; Arkel, G. van; Denance, C. ; Durel, C.E. - \ 2005
    Theoretical and Applied Genetics 110 (2005)4. - ISSN 0040-5752 - p. 660 - 668.
    quantitative trait loci - venturia-inaequalis - scab resistance - mildew resistance - defense genes - co-localize - arabidopsis - homologs - potato - progeny
    We used a new method called nucleotide-binding site (NBS) profiling to identify and map resistance gene analogues (RGAs) in apple. This method simultaneously allows the amplification and the mapping of genetic markers anchored in the conserved NBS-encoding domain of plant disease resistance genes. Ninety-four individuals belonging to an F1 progeny derived from a cross between the apple cultivars Discovery and TN10-8 were studied. Two degenerate primers designed from the highly conserved P-loop motif within the NBS domain were used together with adapter primers. Forty-three markers generated with NBS profiling could be mapped in this progeny. After sequencing, 23 markers were identified as RGAs, based on their homologies with known resistance genes or NBS/leucine-rich-repeat-like genes. Markers were mapped on 10 of the 17 linkage groups of the apple genetic map used. Most of these markers were organized in clusters. Twenty-five markers mapped close to major genes or quantitative trait loci for resistance to scab and mildew previously identified in different apple progenies. Several markers could become efficient tools for marker-assisted selection once converted into breeder-friendly markers. This study demonstrates the efficiency of the NBS-profiling method for generating RGA markers for resistance loci in apple
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