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Editorial|01 Jun 2019|OPEN
Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals defense responses against soft rot in Chinese cabbage
Mengyang Liu1, Fang Wu1, Shan Wang1, Yin Lu1, Xueping Chen1, Yanhua Wang1, Aixia Gu1,, Jianjun Zhao1, & Shuxing Shen1,
1Key Laboratory of Vegetable Germplasm Innovation and Utilization of Hebei, Collaborative Innovation Center of Vegetable Industry in Hebei, College of Horticulture, Hebei Agricultural University, 071000 Baoding, China

Horticulture Research 6,
Article number: 19068 (2019)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2019.68
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Received: 14 Sep 2018
Revised: 20 Mar 2019
Accepted: 31 Mar 2019
Published online: 01 Jun 2019


Pectobacterium carotovorum ssp. carotovorum (Pcc) is a necrotrophic bacterial species that causes soft rot disease in Chinese cabbage. In this study, plants harboring the resistant mutant sr gene, which confers resistance against Pcc, were screened from an 800 M2 population mutated by ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) and scored in vitro and in vivo for lesion size. The transcript profiles showed ~512 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between sr and WT plants occurring between 6 and 12?h postinoculation (hpi), which corresponded to the important defense regulation period (resistance) to Pcc in Chinese cabbage. The downstream defense genes (CPK, CML, RBOH MPK3, and MPK4) of pathogen pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) were strongly activated during infection at 12 hpi in resistant mutant sr; PTI appears to be central to plant defense against Pcc via recognition by three putative pattern recognition receptors (PRRs; BrLYM1-BrCERK1, BrBKK1/SERK4-PEPR1, BrWAKs). Pcc triggered the upregulation of the jasmonic acid (JA) and ethylene (ET) biosynthesis genes in mutant sr365bet官网网投, but auxins and other hormones may have affected some negative signals. Endogenous hormones (auxins, JAs, and SA), as well as exogenous auxins (MEJA and BTH), were also verified as functioning in the immune system. Concurrently, the expression of glucosinolate and lignin biosynthesis genes was increased at 12 hpi in resistant mutant sr, and the accumulation of glucosinolate and lignin also indicated that these genes have a functional defensive role against Pcc. Our study provides valuable information and elucidates the resistance mechanism of Chinese cabbage against Pcc infection.