Correlation of isozyme profiles with genomic sequences of Phytophthora ramorum and its P. sojae orthologues

W.A. Man in 't Veld, F. Govers, H.J.G. Meijer

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A correct interpretation of isozyme patterns can be seriously hampered by the lack of supporting genetic data. The availability of the complete genome sequence of Phytophthora ramorum, enabled us to correlate isozyme profiles with the gene models predicted for these enzymes. Thirty-nine P. ramorum strains were characterised employing isozyme analysis on malate dehydrogenase (MDH), NADP-dependent malic enzyme (MDHP), 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (PGD), glucosephosphate isomerase (GPI) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) comprising nine putative loci. One isozyme band was enzymatically stained for PGD whereas multiple bands were detected for GPI, MDH, MDHP and LDH. All putative loci were monomorphic except for Ldh-2. Genome mining revealed that the assembled genome sequences of P. ramorum and P. sojae each contain one Gpi and one Pgd gene model. For MDH, two gene models were identified, encoding a cytosolic and mitochondrial type, respectively. Also for MDHP P. ramorum has two gene models that are both duplicated in P. sojae. Both species contain six Ldh gene models, including pseudogenes. The Ldh gene models are clustered and located in regions that show a high level of conserved synteny. This study demonstrates that insight into the gene models encoding isozymes helps to interpret isozyme profiles in Phytophthora.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
JournalCurrent Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • subcellular-localization
  • infestans populations
  • malate-dehydrogenase
  • european populations
  • gene duplication
  • north-american
  • in-vitro
  • mitochondrial
  • proteins
  • 1st


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