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Mp10 and Mp42 from the Aphid Species Myzus persicae Trigger Plant Defenses in Nicotiana benthamiana Through Different Activities

January 2014 , Volume 27 , Number  1
Pages  30 - 39

Patricia A. Rodriguez,1,2 Remco Stam,1,2,3 Tim Warbroek,1,2 and Jorunn I. B. Bos1,2

1Cell and Molecular Sciences, and 2Dundee Effector Consortium, James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, U.K.; 3Division of Plant Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee DD2 5DA, U.K.

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Accepted 29 August 2013.

Aphids are phloem-feeding insects that, like other plant parasites, deliver effectors inside their host to manipulate host responses. The Myzus persicae (green peach aphid) candidate effectors Mp10 and Mp42 were previously found to reduce aphid fecundity upon intracellular transient overexpression in Nicotiana benthamiana. We performed functional analyses of these proteins to investigate whether they activate defenses through similar activities. We employed a range of functional characterization experiments based on intracellular transient overexpression in N. benthamiana to determine the subcellular localization of Mp10 and Mp42 and investigate their role in activating plant defense signaling. Mp10 and Mp42 showed distinct subcellular localization in planta, suggesting that they target different host compartments. Also, Mp10 reduced the levels of Agrobacterium-mediated overexpression of proteins. This reduction was not due to an effect on Agrobacterium viability. Transient overexpression of Mp10 but not Mp42 activated jasmonic acid and salicylic acid signaling pathways and decreased susceptibility to the hemibiotrophic plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici. We found that two candidate effectors from the broad-host-range aphid M. persicae can trigger aphid defenses through different mechanisms. Importantly, we found that some (candidate) effectors such as Mp10 interfere with Agrobacterium-based overexpression assays, an important tool to study effector activity and function.

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