Identification and Expression Pattern Analysis of Bacterial Blight Resistance Genes in Oryza officinalis Wall ex Watt Under Xanthomonas oryzae Pv. oryzae Stress
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Bacterial blight (BB) caused by Xanthomonas oryzae Pv. oryzae (Xoo) is one of the most serious diseases of rice worldwide. Oryza officinalis Wall ex Watt, harboring abundant genetic diversity and disease resistance features, are important resources of exploring resistance genes with broad-spectrum resistance to BB. However, the molecular mechanisms and genes of BB resistance in O. officinalis have been rarely explored.
Here, the BB resistance of four different origin O. officinalis populations in Yunnan were identified by seven representative hypervirulent Xoo races, which exhibited different BB resistance among four populations, in which the BB resistance of the Gengma_Lincang population was the strongest. In addition, the pathogenetic ability of seven Xoo races to O. officinalis was different in that the pathogenicity of PXO99 was stronger than that of C5. There were no remarkable differences in leaf microstructures among four O. officinalis populations, revealing the differences in resistance of four O. officinalis to BB are caused by the endogenous resistance genes. Furthermore, our results proved that there were no nine cloned BB resistance genes in four populations but possessed dominant Xa5, dominant Xa13, and recessive xa3/xa26 homologous alleles of xa5, xa13, and Xa3/Xa26 resistance genes. These three homologous genes were isolated and cloned from four populations and named OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26. The expression profile revealed that the expression levels of OoXa13 and Ooxa3/xa26 were significantly down-regulated under PXO99 and C5 stress, especially in the Gengma_Lincang population, suggesting the O. officinalis might enhance BB resistance by down-regulating the expression level of OoXa13 and Ooxa3/xa26.
The BB resistance genes of O. officinalis had its own characteristics by expression pattern and BLAST analysis of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26, which indicated that there might be new genes or molecular mechanism of BB resistance in O. officinalis. Our studies provided a solid foundation and reference for revealing the molecular mechanism of BB resistance in O. officinalis.
KeywordsOryza officinalis Wall ex Watt Bacterial blight Leaf microstructure Resistance genes Gene expression
Rice is the main cereal crop for half of the world’s population, while rice bacterial blight (BB) caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) is the fourth serious bacterial disease in the world (Mansfieldi et al. 2012; Rasabandith 1998). BB has been reported in all major rice-growing regions of the world (Nino-Liu et al. 2006). Nowadays, the most economical and effective strategy to control BB is cultivating resistant cultivars, but the number of resistance genes identified from the cultivated rice is very limited, and more cultivars with narrow-spectrum BB resistance genes become susceptible to diseases with the emergence of new physiological races. Therefore, it is very important to identify more resistance resources and to explore new resistance genes for breeding resistant cultivars with broad-spectrum resistance to BB.
Wild rice species, the ancestor of cultivated rice, is an important gene pool harboring lots of good characteristics, such as strong resistances to blight disease, blast, insects, drought, and coldness, and the resistance genes which can be used to improve the genetics and agronomic traits of the cultivated rice (Fan et al. 2000; Fan 2000; Qin et al. 2000). The number of wild rice species in the Yunnan Province is the largest among all provinces in China (Cheng et al. 2004; Zhang 2002; Gao et al. 2000). Oryza officinalis is resistant or tolerant to many common rice diseases. Zhang et al. (1994) found that 50% of the highly resistant materials are O. officinalis among the Chinese wild rice species. The Gengma_Yunnan O. officinalis population has high resistance to BB and brown planthopper and medium resistance to rice blast (Peng et al. 1982). There are several O. officinalis populations in Yunnan, and these populations have some differences in leaf size, plant height, and width. However, the BB resistance levels and the resistance genes of O. officinalis populations remain unclear. Meanwhile, there were many physiological races of Xoo in which their pathogenetic ability to Yunnan O. officinalis was unclear. So far, there is lack of knowledge about systematic identification of Yunnan O. officinalis populations against Xoo races.
Previous studies have identified 42 rice BB resistance genes (Vikal and Bhatia 2017), but only nine genes have been cloned, including Xa1 (Yoshimura et al. 1998), Xa3/Xa26, xa5 (Iyer-Pascuzzi and McCouch 2004), Xa10 (Gu et al. 2008), xa13 (Chu et al. 2006a; Sanchez et al. 1999), Xa21 (Song et al. 1995; Ronald et al. 1992), Xa23 (Fan et al. 2011; Zhang et al. 1998), xa25 (Lee et al. 2003), and Xa27 (Gu et al. 2004). The identification and cloning of BB resistance genes provide gene resources for resistance breeding of rice. However, due to the race specific genes and the evolution of new Xoo races, the existing BB resistance genes are severely restricted in the application of resistance breeding (Bhasin et al. 2012; Kameswara et al. 2002). O. officinalis has high resistance to BB and may possess new BB resistance genes. Seven reported and cloned BB resistance genes, including Xa1, Xa3/Xa26, xa5, xa13, Xa21, Xa23, and Xa27, were detected in O. officinalis using molecular markers and functional markers tightly linked to them (Li et al. 2015). However, it is not clear if these BB resistance genes exist in all the Yunnan O. officinalis populations. What is more, the functional domain and resistance level of BB resistance genes between O. officinalis and cultivated rice have not been reported.
In this study, seven representative hypervirulent Xoo races were used to systematically identify the resistance of four O. officinalis populations, Gengma_Lincang, Menghai_Xishuangbanna, Jingne_Jinghong, and Lancang_Puer, of the Yunnan Province. Meanwhile, the molecular markers linked to nine cloned BB resistance genes were used to detect O. officinalis to confirm whether these genes exist in the four populations. The detected Xa5, Xa13, and xa3/xa26 homologous genes were also cloned from the four populations. Expression patterns of the three homologous genes under Xoo stress were analyzed by qRT-PCR. In addition, the leaf microstructures, relating to the propagation and spreading velocity of Xoo, of four O. officinalis populations were observed by microscopy. Our studies provided a solid foundation and reference for revealing the molecular mechanism of BB resistance in O. officinalis.
Materials and Methods
Plant Materials and Hypervirulent Xoo Races
Oryza officinalis Wall ex Watt populations were collected from four places of Yunnan Province, viz., Gengma_Lincang, Menghai_Xishuangbanna, Jingne_Jinghong, and Lancang_Puer, and planted in a greenhouse. The materials of IRBB1(Xa1), IRBB5 (xa5), IRBB10 (Xa10), IRBB13 (xa13), Oryza longistaminata (Xa21), Oryza rufipogon (Xa23 and Xa27), Minghui63 (Xa25 and Xa3/Xa26), IR24 (Xa5), IR64 (Xa13), and 02428 japonica were also planted in a greenhouse. Seven hypervirulent Xoo races (Table S1) were used to screen the four O. officinalis populations for identification of BB resistance.
Identification of BB Resistance Among Four O. officinalis Populations
The seven Xoo races were cultured on nutrient agar medium at 28 °C for 48 h. The culture was suspended in sterile water, and the concentration was adjusted to OD600 = 0.8–1.0 using the NanoDrop2000 and, then, used to inoculate four O. officinalis populations along with the susceptible Oryza sativa cultivar 02428 at the booting stage by leaf-clipping method (Kauffman et al. 1973) at 14:00–15:00 time under 28–30 °C room temperature. At least three plants were inoculated by each Xoo race, and each leaf was cut 1–2 cm from the tip of the leaf.
The lesion length and lesion area were measured and calculated after inoculation with Xoo for 21 d. The average of the three plants was taken as the resistance index, and lesion length and lesion area were used to classify resistance or susceptibility by the BB national standard classification (Waheed et al. 2009) (Table S2). Meanwhile, the pathogenetic ability to four O. officinalis populations of the seven Xoo races was analyzed according to the leaf lesion area.
The Microstructure Observation of Four O. officinalis Populations
The middle part of the third fully expanded leaf was selected to crosscut by free-hand section. The thin slices were observed and photographed by inverted fluorescence microscope (Leica DMI4000B). The macro-vascular bundle area, air cavity area, and leaf thickness were measured by the data analysis software of Leica. The numbers of macro-vascular bundle, small-vascular bundle, and air cavity of the leaf midveins were also counted.
The PCR Identification of Nine Cloned BB Resistance Genes in Four O. officinalis Populations
Nine cloned BB resistance genes, including Xa1, xa5, xa13, Xa21, Xa23, Xa26, Xa27, Xa10, and xa25, were detected in four O. officinalis populations. In the identification of Xa23 gene in O. officinalis, the EST molecular marker C189, which was tightly linked to it, was utilized (Li et al. 2015). The Xa21 and Xa27 genes were identified based on the functional markers designated by the polymorphic loci of their sequences (Li et al. 2015; Fan et al. 2011). In the amplification of the other six cloned BB genes, the specific primers designated by their conserved sequences were utilized (Table S3). Meanwhile, two primers provided by Hur et al. (2013) were used to identify the Xa3/Xa26 or xa3/xa26 in O. officinalis. The genomic DNA of all the materials was extracted from fresh leaves followed by the CTAB method (Murray and Thompson 1980). The 50 μL PCR reaction system contained 1 μL DNA template (50 ng L−1), 2 μL each primer (10 μmol L−1), 25 μL 2 × Power Pfu PCR MasterMix (TaKaRa, Dalian, China), and 20 μL ddH2O. The PCR amplification program was as follows: pre-denaturation at 94 °C for 2 min; 94 °C for 15 s, 52–65 °C for 15 s, and 72 °C for 30 s–1 min, at 30 cycles; and 72 °C for 2 min. The PCR products were separated by the 2–4% agarose gel electrophoresis.
Isolation and Cloning of Xa5, Xa13, and xa3/xa26 Homologous Genes from Four O. officinalis Populations
In order to clone the Xa5, Xa13, and xa3/xa26 homologous genes from the four populations, the primers were designated by Primer 5.0 using their ORF sequences (Table S4). Total RNA was extracted from the four populations following the plant RNA kit (Omega Bio-Tek, Georgia, USA), and the first-strand cDNAs were produced by retranscription of total RNA with PrimeScript™ RT reagent (TaKaRa). The cDNA template of the four populations and PrimeSTAR®Max DNA Polymerase (TaKaRa) were used to establish 50 μL PCR reaction system to clone OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26. The PCR amplification program was as follows: pre-denaturation at 98 °C for 2 min; 98 °C for 10 s, 50–55 °C for 5–15 s, 72 °C for 5–15 s, at 35 cycles. The PCR products were separated by the 2–4% agarose gel electrophoresis, and, then, the products with the expected sizes were isolated by gel extraction kit (TaKaRa) and cloned into pClone007 vector (TSINGKE) to sequence.
BLAST Analysis of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26
The ORF of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 was searched through the ORF online software. The three fragments of BF26, SE26, and LA26 were spliced by DNAMAN to obtain the complete ORF of Ooxa3/xa26. The sequences of Xa5/xa5 (Nipponbare and IR24/IRBB5), Xa13/xa13 (IR24 and IR64/IRBB13), and xa3/xa26/Xa3/Xa26 (IR24/Minghui63 and IRBB3) were downloaded from NCBI. The nucleotides and amino acids of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 were aligned with Xa5/xa5, Xa13/xa13, and xa3/xa26/Xa3/Xa26, respectively, using the DNAMAN. The functional domains of Ooxa3/xa26 from the four populations and xa3/xa26/Xa3/Xa26 were predicted by an online tool (http://smart.embl-heidelberg.de/).
Expression Pattern Analysis of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 in Response to Xoo
Total RNA was extracted from the leaves after inoculation with ddH2O, PXO99, and C5 for 0, 24, 48, 72, 96, and 120 h according to the manufacturer’s instructions of the plant RNA kit (Omega Bio-Tek). A total of 1 μg RNA was reverse-transcribed into cDNA using PrimeScript™ RT reagent with the gDNA Eraser kit (TaKaRa). The quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) primers of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 were designed by an online tool (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/tools/primer-blast) based on their ORF sequences (Table S5). Gene expression levels were determined by performing qRT-PCR in Applied Biosystems QuantStudio 6 Flex (ABI, USA) using SYBR Premix Ex Taq II (TaKaRa) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Data were analyzed by QuantStudio 6 Flex software (ABI, USA) and the 2−△△CT method (Bustamante et al. 2014; Livak and Schmittgen 2001).
The Identification of BB Resistance Among Four Yunnan O. officinalis Populations
Seven Xoo races had different pathogenicity to O. officinalis. The resistance reaction of the same O. officinalis population showed obvious difference to different Xoo races. The lesion length and lesion area of the four populations inoculated with PXO99 were the longest and largest, whereas the lesion length of the four populations inoculated with C5 was the shortest (Fig. 2), especially more than 90% of the Gengma_Lincang population showed high resistance (HR) to C5. The lesion almost extended from the inoculation site to the bottom of the leaf in cultivar 02428, which was highly susceptible to seven Xoo races (Fig. 1e, Table S6). Therefore, it was suggested that the PXO99 might be highly virulent to O. officinalis as compared to C5.
Comparison of Leaf Microstructures Among Four O. officinalis Populations
The comparison of the microstructures in the leaf midvein among the four O. officinalis populations
Number of MVB
Total area of MVB (× 102 μm2)
Number of SVB
Number of air cavity
Leaf thickness (μm)
5 ± 0
770.98 ± 30.71
9 ± 0.5
4 ± 0
131.03 ± 12.37
5 ± 0
680.54 ± 43.49
9.6 ± 0.8
4.8 ± 0.9
137.22 ± 15.72
5 ± 0
1072.40 ± 22.90
11 ± 0
4 ± 0
138.73 ± 14.69
7 ± 0
895.55 ± 43.02
10 ± 0
6 ± 0
145.04 ± 11.24
Cultivated rice 02428
6 ± 0
938.38 ± 28.23
11 ± 0.6
5.3 ± 1.0
154.39 ± 15.84
Detection of Nine Cloned BB Resistance Genes in O. officinalis Populations
The Cloning and BLAST Analysis of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26
There are eight different amino acids between xa3/xa26 and Xa3/Xa26 in the LRR domains (Fig. S5, shown with *) (Hur et al. 2013). Except one amino acid, the other seven amino acids of Ooxa3/xa26 were consistent with xa3/xa26 in the LRR domains. The Xa3/Xa26 resistance gene has the TGCA sequence in 452–456 bp from the start codon, whereas the recessive xa3/xa26 has the AATC sequence at the same sites (Hur et al. 2013). Ooxa3/xa26 had the AATC (429–432 bp) sequence as well as xa3/xa26 at the corresponding sites (Fig. S6). According to the BLAST analysis of amino acids and nucleotides, Ooxa3/xa26 from the four O. officinalis populations should belong to xa3/xa26 homologous allele of Xa3/Xa26 resistance gene, which was consistent with the 750 bp susceptible bands (Fig. 6).
Expression Profile Analysis of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 in Response to Xoo
The Functional Domain Comparison Between Ooxa3/xa26 and Xa3/Xa26 or xa3/xa26
There were significant differences in the functional domains between Ooxa3/xa26 from the four O. officinalis populations and xa3/xa26 and Xa3/Xa26 from cultivated rice (Fig. S7). The xa3/xa26 (IR24) contained Pkinase and Pkinase_Tyr pfams at amino acid sequence of 800–1103 aa, while the Xa3/Xa26 (Minghui63 and IRBB3) have three pfams of Pkinase, Pkinase_Tyr, and ABC1 at the same amino acid sequence sites. There was, however, only one type of S_TKc pfam in Ooxa3/xa26 at the corresponding sites. In addition, there were three more LRR domains in Ooxa3/xa26 than xa3/xa26 and Xa3/Xa26. Interestingly, the domain of Ooxa3/xa26 was LRR at the amino acid sites of 563–587 aa in Gengma_Lincang population, while it was LRRTYP in the other three populations. The difference of LRR in Gengma_Lincang was due to a different amino acid (Leucine, L) at 585 aa with CTT codon, while the amino acid was phenylalanine (F) with TTT codon in the other three populations.
The BB Resistance of Gengma_Lincang Population Was the Strongest Among Four O. officinalis Populations
There are many reported BB resistance identification of O. officinalis. Yunnan Gengma O. officinalis has high resistance to BB (Li et al. 2015; Cheng et al. 2004; Peng et al. 1982). However, there is lack of systematical resistance identification of different Yunnan O. officinalis populations. In this study, seven representative hypervirulent Xoo races (Table S1) were chosen to identify the BB resistance of the four Yunnan O. officinalis populations from different original places, and some of the results were consistent with those of the previous studies. The four populations had strong resistance to seven Xoo races, but the resistance of the four populations was significantly different, in which the Gengma_Lincang population had the strongest resistance among them. In addition, the pathogenicity to the four populations of seven Xoo races was different, in which the pathogenicity of PXO99 was the strongest while C5 was the weakest. Xoo mainly invades the rice host through the leaf water stoma or wound and then propagates and spreads in the vascular bundle (Leach et al. 1989). Therefore, the numbers and area of vascular bundles of the leaf might affect the propagation and spread velocity of Xoo in the leaf. We found that the resistance of the four populations to BB was significantly different, but there were no remarkable differences in their leaf microstructures, deducing the differences in BB resistance among the four populations were not caused by the leaf microstructures but by the endogenous resistance genes. The Gengma_Lincang population had the strongest resistance among the four populations, indicating this population might have a BB resistance gene family which conferred resistance specific to each BB race. Meanwhile, the expression levels of some key resistance genes might be induced under C5 stress and O. officinalis showed high resistance to C5. However, the resistance genes, no matter being induced by PXO99 or C5 in O. officinalis, might have strong resistance to other Xoo races.
There Might Be New BB Resistance Genes or Molecular Mechanism in O. officinalis
The different BB resistance among the four O. officinalis populations were determined by the internal resistance genes but not caused by their leaf microstructures. First of all, we detected nine cloned BB resistance genes to confirm whether they exist in the four O. officinalis populations. Li et al. (2015) found that O. officinalis possesses Xa5 and Xa13 homologous genes; however, it is not clear whether the O. officinalis contains xa3/xa26 or Xa3/Xa26. In this study, we confirmed that the four O. officinalis populations possessed Xa5, Xa13, and xa3/xa26 homologous genes, which were cloned from the four populations and named OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26, respectively. Our results proved that there were no nine cloned BB resistance genes in the four populations. Thus, we concluded that the difference in BB resistance among the four populations were not caused by the leaf microstructures or the nine cloned BB resistance genes, which conjectured that O. officinalis might contain new BB resistance genes or molecular mechanism that was different from the cultivated rice.
The Contribution of OoXa5, OoXa13, and Ooxa3/xa26 to the BB Resistance
Both Xa5 and xa5 genes have been shown previously to be constitutively expressed in rice leaf, and their expression levels were not remarkably different after inoculation with Xoo (Jiang et al. 2006; Iyer-Pascuzzi and McCouch 2004). The 39th glutamate of the dominant Xa5 gene, exposed to the surface of the protein crystal structure, interacts with the avirulence protein, and, then, the Avrxa5 binds to the promoters of genes involved in susceptibility. Evidence has been presented that Xa5 may be a nuclear target of Xanthomonas spp. which interacts with one or more Xoo TAL effectors, thus activating disease-promoting genes; however, the resistant protein xa5 in the xa5 homozygote prevents the activation of the disease-promoting genes because there is no interaction between a Xoo effector and xa5, or such interaction is non-productive, and, then, the rice shows resistance to BB (Huang et al. 2016; Gu et al. 2009; Iyer-Pascuzzi et al. 2008; Sugio et al. 2007). The xa5 is a completely recessive gene that mediates resistance in rice by restricting bacterial movement (Iyer-Pascuzzi et al. 2008). Our study found that the whole expression levels of OoXa5 were higher in CK that dealt with ddH2O than those of under PXO99 and C5 stress and the PXO99 and C5 had no significant effect on the expression of OoXa5. This result suggested that the expression change of OoXa5 under Xoo stress might be caused by mechanical damage during inoculation, which was consistent with that of the previous studies (Jiang et al. 2006; Iyer-Pascuzzi and McCouch 2004). However, whether the OoXa5 would activate the expression of susceptible genes like Xa5 gene and then affect the resistance to Xoo in O. officinalis needs further study.
The recessive xa13 resistance gene is a novel R gene with resistance to Xoo race PXO99, but the expression of xa13 was not affected by PXO99 (Yuan et al. 2010, 2011; Chu et al. 2006b). Suppression of Xa13 expression significantly increases the resistance of rice to PXO99, and suppressing the expression of xa13 further enhances the xa13-mediated resistance (Yuan et al. 2011; Chu et al. 2006b). Copper, an essential micronutrient of plants and an important element for a number of pesticides in agriculture, suppresses Xoo growth (Yuan et al. 2010). Xa13 protein cooperates with two other proteins, COPT1 and COPT5, to modulate copper redistribution and promote removal of copper from xylem vessels, where Xoo multiplies and spreads to cause disease (Yuan et al. 2010, 2011). PXO99 is more sensitive to copper than other Xoo races (Yuan et al. 2010, 2011). The expression levels of OoXa13 in the four O. officinalis populations were suppressed significantly under PXO99 and C5 stress. The suppressing expression of OoXa13 would decrease the copper transport complexes of OoXa13 with COPT1 and COPT5, which would greatly reduce the removal of copper from the xylem vessels. Finally, the copper concentration in the xylem vessels was kept at high level which could effectively inhibit the propagation of Xoo and enhance the resistance of O. officinalis to PXO99 and C5. The expression level of OoXa13 was the lowest and significantly suppressed in the Gengma_Lincang population. The lower expression level of OoXa13 suggested that the copper transport complexes formed by OoXa13, COPT1, and COPT5 would be fewer in the Gengma_Lincang population and effectively suppress removal of copper from the xylem vessels. Therefore, we speculated that this might be one of the reasons that the BB resistance of the Gengma_Lincang population was stronger than that of the other three populations. The xa13-mediated resistant/susceptible signaling pathway does not belong to the types currently known and represents a new type of plant disease resistance (Chu et al. 2006b). The sequence alignment and analysis showed OoXa13 from the four O. officinalis populations and Xa13 of the cultivated rice had obvious differences (Fig. S3), suggesting O. officinalis might have its own resistant characteristic or new molecular mechanisms of BB resistance different from the cultivated rice.
Xa3/Xa26 gene, like the most plant disease resistance genes, belongs to constitutive expression genes. Overexpression of Xa3/Xa26 can enhance the resistance of transgenic plant to BB (Cao et al. 2007). The four O. officinalis populations contained recessive xa3/xa26 homologous allele of Xa3/Xa26 resistance gene. The expression levels of Ooxa3/xa26 in the four populations were significantly down-regulated under PXO99 and C5 stress, especially in the Gengma_Lincang population. The inhibiting effect of PXO99 and C5 on Ooxa3/xa26 expression was stronger in the Gengma_Lincang than the other three populations. However, there are no related reports that suppressing the expression of xa3/xa26 can enhance the resistance of rice to BB. The functions of Ooxa3/xa26, which would enhance resistance to PXO99 and C5 by suppressing its own expression level like the Xa13 gene, should be further studied.
The Effect on BB Resistance of Ooxa3/xa26 LRR Domain in Gengma_Lincang O. officinalis Population
Sun et al. (2006) reported that the evolution of the Xa3/Xa26 gene family is rapid and the point mutations of LRR involved in pathogen recognition are the major force of evolution. Xa3/Xa26 belongs to a multigene family, consisting of Xa3/Xa26, MRKa, MRKc, and MRKd. Complementary analysis showed that MRKa and MRKc cannot mediate resistance to BB when regulated by their native promoters, but MRKa confers partial resistance to BB when regulated by a strong constitutive promoter; MRKd however is a pseudogene (Xu et al. 2008; Cao et al. 2007). Overexpression of MRKa can enhance partial resistance of rice to BB (Cao et al. 2007). Although MRKa and MRKc cannot mediate BB resistance, they may be once effective genes for Xoo resistance. Some members of the Xa3/Xa26 gene family once may lose the resistance due to the evolution and variation of the Xoo, and then these genes regain resistance and become new resistance genes for point mutations (Xu et al. 2008; Cao et al. 2007). These results indicated that the Xa3/Xa26 gene family is constantly evolving to respond to the variation of pathogen, suggesting there may be some resistance genes of the Xa3/Xa26 gene family that have not yet been identified or cloned.
LRR participates in the identification of different physiological races to determine the resistant specificity of the Xa3/Xa26 gene (Zhao et al. 2009). The domain was LRR at the sites of 563–587aa in the Gengma_Lincang Ooxa3/xa26, whereas it was LRRTYP in the other populations and cultivar at the corresponding sites. The difference in LRR of the Gengma_Lincang Ooxa3/xa26 was caused by one different amino acid (leucine, L) at 585 aa with CTT codon, while the amino acid was phenylalanine (F) with TTT codon in the other materials. One-point mutation of Ooxa3/xa26 caused a domain change, which might change the BB resistance level of Ooxa3/xa26. Based on the previous studies (Zhao et al. 2009; Cao et al. 2007), the change of the LRR domain in the Gengma_Lincang Ooxa3/xa26 might be due to the point mutations when the LRR identified the pathogen. The expression level of Ooxa3/xa26 in the Gengma_Lincang was the lowest under PXO99 and C5 stress among the four populations. Whether this was related with the changed LRR domain or would the Ooxa3/xa26 of the Gengma_Lincang regain the resistance and become a new BB resistance gene during co-evolution with the pathogen should be further studied.
The BB resistance genes of O. officinalis had its own characteristic, and there might be new BB resistance genes and molecular mechanism in O. officinalis. First, there were no remarkable differences in the leaf microstructures among the four O. officinalis populations, which indicated that the difference in BB resistance of the four populations was caused by the resistance genes. Second, the four populations exhibited various BB resistance, among which the Gengma_Lingcang population had the strongest resistance. Four populations possessed dominant Xa5, dominant Xa13, and recessive xa3/xa26 homologous alleles of xa5, xa13, and Xa3/Xa26 resistance genes. Third, the expression levels of Xa5, Xa13, and xa3/xa26 were different in the four populations under Xoo stress. OoXa13 could enhance the resistance to PXO99 and C5 by down-regulating its own expression level, while the contribution of Ooxa3/xa26 on BB resistance might function like OoXa13. This study provided a solid foundation and reference for studying the molecular mechanism of BB resistance in O. officinalis.
This work was supported by the Key Project of China Scientific Ministry (2017YFD0100202), grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China—Yunnan Project (U1302265), (31560384, NSFC project 31560384), and the Key Projects of Applied Basic Research in Yunnan (2016RA002,2017FG001-007,2018FG001-068).
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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