Genome-wide association study reveals novel players in defense hormone crosstalk in Arabidopsis

Silvia Proietti, Lotte Caarls, Silvia Coolen, Johan A. van Pelt, Saskia C.M. van Wees, Corné M.J. Pieterse*

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Jasmonic acid (JA) regulates plant defenses against necrotrophic pathogens and insect herbivores. Salicylic acid (SA) and abscisic acid (ABA) can antagonize JA‐regulated defenses, thereby modulating pathogen or insect resistance. We performed a genome‐wide association (GWA) study on natural genetic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana for the effect of SA and ABA on the JA pathway. We treated 349 Arabidopsis accessions with methyl JA (MeJA), or a combination of MeJA and either SA or ABA, after which expression of the JA‐responsive marker gene PLANT DEFENSIN1.2 (PDF1.2) was quantified as a readout for GWA analysis. Both hormones antagonized MeJA‐induced PDF1.2 in the majority of the accessions but with a large variation in magnitude. GWA mapping of the SA‐ and ABA‐affected PDF1.2 expression data revealed loci associated with crosstalk. GLYI4 (encoding a glyoxalase) and ARR11 (encoding an Arabidopsis response regulator involved in cytokinin signalling) were confirmed by T‐DNA insertion mutant analysis to affect SA–JA crosstalk and resistance against the necrotroph Botrytis cinerea. In addition, At1g16310 (encoding a cation efflux family protein) was confirmed to affect ABA–JA crosstalk and susceptibility to Mamestra brassicae herbivory. Collectively, this GWA study identified novel players in JA hormone crosstalk with potential roles in the regulation of pathogen or insect resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2342-2356
JournalPlant, Cell & Environment
Issue number10
Early online date31 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • abscisic acid
  • Botrytis cinerea
  • genome-wide association (GWA) mapping
  • hormone crosstalk
  • jasmonic acid
  • Mamestra brassicae
  • salicylic acid


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