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Harpin of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola Harbors a Protein Binding Site

January 2005 , Volume 18 , Number  1
Pages  60 - 66

Chun-Mei Li , 1 Minna Haapalainen , 1 Justin Lee , 2 Thorsten Nürnberger , 3 Martin Romantschuk , 4 and Suvi Taira 1

1General Microbiology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland; 2Department of Stress and Developmental Biology, Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Weinberg 3, D-06120 Halle/Saale, Germany; 3Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Center of Molecular Biology of Plants, Plant Biochemistry, Auf der Morgenstelle 5, D-72076 Tübingen, Germany; 4Department of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Niemenkatu 73, FI-15140 Lahti, Finland

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Accepted 7 September 2004.

Harpin HrpZ of plant-pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae elicits a hypersensitive response (HR) in some nonhost plants, but its function in the pathogenesis process is still obscure. HrpZ-interacting proteins were identified by screening a phage-display library of random peptides. HrpZ of the bean pathogen P. syringae pv. Phaseolicola (HrpZPph) shows affinity to peptides with a consensus amino acid motif W(L)ARWLL(G/L). To localize the peptide-binding site, the hrpZPph gene was mutagenized with randomly placed 15-bp insertions, and the mutant proteins were screened for the peptide-binding ability. Mutations that inhibited peptide-binding localized to the central region of hrpZPph, which is separate from the previously determined HR-inducing region. Antiserum raised against one of the hrpZPph-binding peptides recognized small proteins in bean, tomato, parsley, and Arabidopsis thaliana but none in tobacco. On native protein blots, hrpZPph bound to a bean protein with similar pI as the protein recognized by the peptide antiserum. The result suggests a protein-protein interaction between the harpin and a host plant protein, possibly involved in the bacterial pathogenesis.

Additional keywords: functional domains, HrpN, type III secretion system.

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