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Arabidopsis thaliana Genes Expressed in the Early Compatible Interaction with Root-Knot Nematodes

March 2001 , Volume 14 , Number  3
Pages  288 - 299

Isabel Vercauteren , 1 Els Van Der Schueren , 1 Marc Van Montagu , 1 and Godelieve Gheysen 1 , 2

1Vakgroep Moleculaire Genetica, Departement Plantengenetica, Vlaams Interuniversitair Instituut voor Biotechnologie, Universiteit Gent, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Gent, Belgium; 2Vakgroep Moleculaire Biotechnologie, Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen, Universiteit Gent, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Gent, Belgium

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Accepted 22 November 2000.

In the compatible interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and the endoparasitic nematode Meloidogyne incognita, galls are formed on the roots of the host plant. Differential display was used to identify alterations of gene expression in young A. thaliana root galls caused by M. incognita. Six genes were confirmed as plant genes by DNA gel blot hybridizations. Significant homology was found with a trypsin inhibitor, peroxidase, mitochondrial uncoupling protein, endomembrane protein, 20S proteasome α-subunit, and diaminopimelate decarboxylase. The cellular and temporal expression of each of the six genes was analyzed by mRNA in situ hybridizations.

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