Differential response of Phytophthora sojae zoospores to soybean seed exudates provides evidence of seed exudates participate in host resistance



Differential effects of the seed exudates of susceptible and resistant soybean cultivars Sloan and Williams 82 on the zoospores of soilborne pathogenic Phytophthora sojae are not clear. This study aims to elucidate the role of the seed exudates in the host resistance of soybean against P. sojae during prior to infection.


The response behaviors of P. sojae zoospores to the seed exudates were performed in an assay chamber and concave slide, the proteomes of P. sojae zoospores treated with the seed exudates were analyzed by TMT method. The expression of genes encoding key proteins was quantified by qRT-PCR.


The zoospores of P. sojae exhibited significant chemotaxis to the both seed exudates and a stronger attracted was found to the seed exudates of Sloan. The seed exudates of Sloan also had a stonger promotion than that of Williams 82 on encystment of zoospores. During the responding process, the key proteins in zoospores related to chemotaxis were upregulated, the upregulation fold of these proteins in responding to Sloan was higher than that of Williams 82. Proteins differentially expressed promote the encystment of zoospores. The changes in expression of these proteins was several fold higher in the zoosprores exposed to the seed exudates of Sloan than that of Williams 82.


Evidence of differential changes in protein expression in P. sojae zoospores exposed to the seed exudates of both soybean supports the differential developmental behaviors such as chemotaxis and encystment of the zoospores in responding to the two seed exudates.

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Mitogen-activated protein kinase


quantitative Real-time polymerase chain reaction


Ultra performance liquid chromatography


Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry


G protein α subunit


G protein-coupled receptor


Trichloroacetic acid


Tetraethylammonium bromide


Nanoelectrospray ionization


Tandem mass tag


High performance liquid chromatography


Normalized collision energy


Automatic gain control

Gβ :

G protein β subunit


Gene Ontology


Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes




Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase


Phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase


Protein kinase C


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This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31670444; 31370449) to Jingzhi Wen.

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All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were mainly performed by Zhuoqun Zhang, Haixu Liu, Xiangqi Bi, Han Yu, Ying Xu, Yufei Chen, and Zhiyue Yang. The first draft of the manuscript was written by Zhuoqun Zhang with help from Jingzhi Wen, and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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Zhang, Z., Liu, H., Bi, X. et al. Differential response of Phytophthora sojae zoospores to soybean seed exudates provides evidence of seed exudates participate in host resistance. Plant Soil (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04607-z

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  • Phytophthora sojae
  • Seed exudates
  • Chemotaxis
  • Responding mechanism
  • Host resistance