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Susceptibility and Symptom Development in Arabidopsis thaliana to Tobacco mosaic virus Is Influenced by Virus Cell-to-Cell Movement

October 2000 , Volume 13 , Number  10
Pages  1,139 - 1,144

Christopher D. Dardick , 1 Sheetal Golem , 1 and James N. Culver 1 , 2

1Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Maryland, College Park 20742, U.S.A.; 2Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, College Park 20742, U.S.A.


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Accepted 6 July 2000.

To identify host factors that regulate susceptibility to Tobacco mosaic virus(TMV), 14 Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes were screened for their ability to support TMV systemic movement. The susceptibility phenotypes observed included one ecotype that permitted rapid TMV movement accompanied by symptoms, nine ecotypes that allowed a slower intermediate rate of systemic movement without symptoms, and four ecotypes that allowed little or no systemic TMV movement. Molecular comparisons between ecotypes representing the rapid (Shahdara), intermediate (Col-1), and slow (Tsu-1) movement phenotypes revealed a positive correlation between the ability of TMV to move cell to cell and its speed of systemic movement. Additionally, protoplasts prepared from all three ecotypes supported similar levels of TMV replication, indicating that viral replication did not account for differences in systemic movement. Furthermore, induction of the pathogenesis-related genes PR-1 and PR-5 occurred only in the highly susceptible ecotype Shahdara, demonstrating that reduced local and systemic movement in Col-1 and Tsu-1 was not due to the activation of known host defense responses. Genetic analysis of F2 progeny derived from crosses made between Shahdara and Tsu-1 or Col-1 and Tsu-1 showed the faster cell-to-cell movement phenotypes of Shahdara and Col-1 segregated as single dominant genes. In addition, the Shahdara symptom phenotype segregated independently as a single recessive gene. Taken together, these findings suggest that, within Arabidopsis ecotypes, at least two genes modulate susceptibility to TMV.


Additional keywords: pathogenesis, protoplasts.

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