Lso-HPE1, an Effector of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’, Can Repress Plant Immune Response

Levy et al. (2020). Phytopathology® 110 (3)
“Liberibacter solanacearum”
Agronomy and Crop Science Plant Science
‘Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum’ is a plant pathogen affecting the families Solanaceae and Apiaceae in different parts of the world. ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ is a Gram-negative, fastidious α-proteobacterium that is vectored by different psyllid species. Plant-pathogenic bacteria are known for interfering with the host physiology or defense mechanisms, often by secreting bacterial effectors. Effector proteins are critical for virulence; therefore, the identification of effectors could help with disease management. In this study, we characterized the Sec-translocon-dependent ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’–hypothetical protein effector 1 (Lso-HPE1). We compared this protein sequence in the different ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ haplotypes. We predicted the signal peptide and validated its function using Escherichia coli’s alkaline phosphatase fusion assay. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transient expression in Nicotiana benthamiana demonstrated that Lso-HPE1 from ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ haplotypes A and B were able to inhibit the induction of cell death in plants. We also compared gene expression of the Lso-HPE1- transcripts in ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ haplotypes A and B in tomato and in the vector Bactericera cockerelli. This work validates the identification of a Sec-translocon-dependent ‘Ca. L. solanacearum’ protein possibly involved in suppression of plant cell death.
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