Mutational analysis of the Ve1 immune receptor that mediates Verticillium resistance in tomato

Z. Zhang, Y. Song, Chun-Ming Liu, B.P.H.J. Thomma

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Pathogenic Verticillium species are economically important plant pathogens that cause vascular wilt diseases in hundreds of plant species. The Ve1 gene of tomato confers resistance against race 1 strains of Verticillium dahliae and V. albo-atrum. Ve1 encodes an extracellular leucine-rich repeat (eLRR) receptor-like protein (RLP) that serves as a cell surface receptor for recognition of the recently identified secreted Verticillium effector Ave1. To investigate recognition of Ave1 by Ve1, alanine scanning was performed on the solvent exposed ß-strand/ß-turn residues across the eLRR domain of Ve1. In addition, alanine scanning was also employed to functionally characterize motifs that putatively mediate protein-protein interactions and endocytosis in the transmembrane domain and the cytoplasmic tail of the Ve1 protein. Functionality of the mutant proteins was assessed by screening for the occurrence of a hypersensitive response upon co-expression with Ave1 upon Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transient expression (agroinfiltration). In order to confirm the agroinfiltration results, constructs encoding Ve1 mutants were transformed into Arabidopsis and the transgenes were challenged with race 1 Verticillium. Our analyses identified several regions of the Ve1 protein that are required for functionality.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere99511
Number of pages8
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • leucine-rich repeat
  • brassinosteroid perception
  • crystal-structure
  • structural basis
  • plant defense
  • arabidopsis
  • proteins
  • recognition
  • specificity
  • disease

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