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Characterization of In Planta—Induced Rust Genes Isolated from a Haustorium-Specific cDNA Library

May 1997 , Volume 10 , Number  4
Pages  427 - 437

Matthias Hahn and Kurt Mendgen

Fakultät für Biologie, Universität Konstanz, D-78434 Konstanz, Germany

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Accepted 4 March 1997.

Rust fungi are plant parasites that depend on living host tissue for growth. For invasion of leaves, dikaryotic urediospores differentiate germ tubes and infection structures that penetrate through stomata. Biotrophic growth occurs by intercellular mycelia that form haustoria within host cells. A cDNA library was constructed from haustoria isolated from broad bean leaves infected by Uromyces fabae. Differential screening revealed that a high proportion (19%) of the haustorial cDNAs are specifically expressed in planta but are not expressed, or are much weaker, in germlings or infection structures produced in vitro. A total of 31 different in planta-induced genes (PIGs) were identified. Some of the PIGs are highly expressed in haustoria. The PIGs are single or low copy number genes in the rust genome. A variety of developmentally regulated expression patterns of PIG mRNAs were observed. Sequence analysis of PIG cDNAs revealed similarities to genes encoding proteins involved in amino acid transport, thiamine biosynthesis, short-chain dehy-drogenases, metallothioneins, cytochrome P-450 monooxy-genases, and peptidyl-prolyl isomerases.

Additional keywords: Uredinales, U. viciae-fabae.

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