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The ethylene response factor Pti5 contributes to potato aphid resistance in tomato independent of ethylene signalling.

Wu C, Avila CA, Goggin FL - J. Exp. Bot. (2014)

Bottom Line: Ethylene response factors (ERFs) comprise a large family of transcription factors that regulate numerous biological processes including growth, development, and response to environmental stresses.Virus-induced gene silencing of Pti5 enhanced aphid population growth on tomato, both on an aphid-susceptible cultivar and on a near-isogenic genotype that carried the Mi-1.2 resistance (R) gene.Furthermore, experiments with inhibitors of ethylene synthesis revealed that Pti5 and ethylene have distinctly different roles in plant responses to aphids.

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Affiliation: Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA.

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Aphid population growth on Pti5-silenced tomato plants. The aphid-susceptible tomato cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ (MM) and the near-isogenic line ‘Motelle’ (MT) carrying the Mi-1.2 resistance gene were treated with a TRV vector modified to suppress expression of Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size that does not silence any endogenous genes in tomato (TRV-CV). The silencing efficiency for TRV-Pti5 was corroborated by RT-qPCR normalized relative to the endogenous RPL2 gene (A). Plants were infested with aphids confined to clip cages (five young adult potato aphids per cage; five cages per plant; eight plants per treatment group), and the number of live adults (B, D) and offspring (C, E) were recorded at 4 and 7 DAI. Values for Pti5 expression (A) and aphid survival and reproduction (B–E) were analysed by two-way ANOVA and means separated by Student’s t-test. Asterisks (*) denote statistically significant differences at α=0.05, and error bars represent SEM (n=3 for A, n=8 for B–E).
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Figure 2: Aphid population growth on Pti5-silenced tomato plants. The aphid-susceptible tomato cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ (MM) and the near-isogenic line ‘Motelle’ (MT) carrying the Mi-1.2 resistance gene were treated with a TRV vector modified to suppress expression of Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size that does not silence any endogenous genes in tomato (TRV-CV). The silencing efficiency for TRV-Pti5 was corroborated by RT-qPCR normalized relative to the endogenous RPL2 gene (A). Plants were infested with aphids confined to clip cages (five young adult potato aphids per cage; five cages per plant; eight plants per treatment group), and the number of live adults (B, D) and offspring (C, E) were recorded at 4 and 7 DAI. Values for Pti5 expression (A) and aphid survival and reproduction (B–E) were analysed by two-way ANOVA and means separated by Student’s t-test. Asterisks (*) denote statistically significant differences at α=0.05, and error bars represent SEM (n=3 for A, n=8 for B–E).

Mentions: To investigate if Pti5 influenced plant defences against aphids, VIGS was performed to suppress Pti5 expression in the aphid-susceptible tomato ‘Moneymaker’ and the near-isogenic resistant line ‘Motelle’ carrying the Mi-1.2 gene. Plants were infiltrated either with a construct designed to silence Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size (TRV-CV). Compared with plants that received the vector control, plants infiltrated with TRV-Pti5 had significantly lower abundance of Pti5 transcripts in the foliage (Fig. 2A; P=0.0013), and the efficacy of silencing was similar in the two genotypes. To measure antibiosis, plants were inoculated with caged adult aphids in a no-choice test, and insect survivorship and reproduction was monitored at 4 and 7 DAI. The aphid-susceptible cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ had higher numbers of live adults (Fig. 2B; P=0.0098) and offspring (Fig. 2C; P<0.0001) than the aphid-resistant genotype ‘Motelle’ at 4 DAI. Regardless of the genotype tested, plants treated with TRV-Pti5 also supported higher numbers of surviving adults (Fig. 2B; P=0.0033) and live offspring (Fig. 2C; P=0.0063) than the TRV-CV-treated plants. The percentage increase in surviving adults (35% on ‘MoneyMaker’ and 35% on ‘Motelle’) and offspring (37% on ‘MoneyMaker’ and 40% on ‘Motelle’) that resulted from silencing of Pti5 was similar on the two genotypes, and there was no statistically significant interaction between VIGS treatment and plant genotype (P>0.1). This suggested that the effects of silencing by TRV-Pti5 was similar in the two genetic backgrounds. The same patterns of aphid population growth observed at 4- DAI persisted at 7 DAI (Fig. 2D, E), indicating that the effect of Pti5 silencing on aphid population growth remained stable for the time period tested.


The ethylene response factor Pti5 contributes to potato aphid resistance in tomato independent of ethylene signalling.

Wu C, Avila CA, Goggin FL - J. Exp. Bot. (2014)

Aphid population growth on Pti5-silenced tomato plants. The aphid-susceptible tomato cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ (MM) and the near-isogenic line ‘Motelle’ (MT) carrying the Mi-1.2 resistance gene were treated with a TRV vector modified to suppress expression of Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size that does not silence any endogenous genes in tomato (TRV-CV). The silencing efficiency for TRV-Pti5 was corroborated by RT-qPCR normalized relative to the endogenous RPL2 gene (A). Plants were infested with aphids confined to clip cages (five young adult potato aphids per cage; five cages per plant; eight plants per treatment group), and the number of live adults (B, D) and offspring (C, E) were recorded at 4 and 7 DAI. Values for Pti5 expression (A) and aphid survival and reproduction (B–E) were analysed by two-way ANOVA and means separated by Student’s t-test. Asterisks (*) denote statistically significant differences at α=0.05, and error bars represent SEM (n=3 for A, n=8 for B–E).
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Figure 2: Aphid population growth on Pti5-silenced tomato plants. The aphid-susceptible tomato cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ (MM) and the near-isogenic line ‘Motelle’ (MT) carrying the Mi-1.2 resistance gene were treated with a TRV vector modified to suppress expression of Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size that does not silence any endogenous genes in tomato (TRV-CV). The silencing efficiency for TRV-Pti5 was corroborated by RT-qPCR normalized relative to the endogenous RPL2 gene (A). Plants were infested with aphids confined to clip cages (five young adult potato aphids per cage; five cages per plant; eight plants per treatment group), and the number of live adults (B, D) and offspring (C, E) were recorded at 4 and 7 DAI. Values for Pti5 expression (A) and aphid survival and reproduction (B–E) were analysed by two-way ANOVA and means separated by Student’s t-test. Asterisks (*) denote statistically significant differences at α=0.05, and error bars represent SEM (n=3 for A, n=8 for B–E).
Mentions: To investigate if Pti5 influenced plant defences against aphids, VIGS was performed to suppress Pti5 expression in the aphid-susceptible tomato ‘Moneymaker’ and the near-isogenic resistant line ‘Motelle’ carrying the Mi-1.2 gene. Plants were infiltrated either with a construct designed to silence Pti5 (TRV-Pti5) or with a control vector of comparable size (TRV-CV). Compared with plants that received the vector control, plants infiltrated with TRV-Pti5 had significantly lower abundance of Pti5 transcripts in the foliage (Fig. 2A; P=0.0013), and the efficacy of silencing was similar in the two genotypes. To measure antibiosis, plants were inoculated with caged adult aphids in a no-choice test, and insect survivorship and reproduction was monitored at 4 and 7 DAI. The aphid-susceptible cultivar ‘MoneyMaker’ had higher numbers of live adults (Fig. 2B; P=0.0098) and offspring (Fig. 2C; P<0.0001) than the aphid-resistant genotype ‘Motelle’ at 4 DAI. Regardless of the genotype tested, plants treated with TRV-Pti5 also supported higher numbers of surviving adults (Fig. 2B; P=0.0033) and live offspring (Fig. 2C; P=0.0063) than the TRV-CV-treated plants. The percentage increase in surviving adults (35% on ‘MoneyMaker’ and 35% on ‘Motelle’) and offspring (37% on ‘MoneyMaker’ and 40% on ‘Motelle’) that resulted from silencing of Pti5 was similar on the two genotypes, and there was no statistically significant interaction between VIGS treatment and plant genotype (P>0.1). This suggested that the effects of silencing by TRV-Pti5 was similar in the two genetic backgrounds. The same patterns of aphid population growth observed at 4- DAI persisted at 7 DAI (Fig. 2D, E), indicating that the effect of Pti5 silencing on aphid population growth remained stable for the time period tested.

Bottom Line: Ethylene response factors (ERFs) comprise a large family of transcription factors that regulate numerous biological processes including growth, development, and response to environmental stresses.Virus-induced gene silencing of Pti5 enhanced aphid population growth on tomato, both on an aphid-susceptible cultivar and on a near-isogenic genotype that carried the Mi-1.2 resistance (R) gene.Furthermore, experiments with inhibitors of ethylene synthesis revealed that Pti5 and ethylene have distinctly different roles in plant responses to aphids.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA.

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