Horizontal gene transfer contributed 3.5% of the predicted genes, ~8.5% of which are deployed as effectors. We identified a putative regulatory motif consistent with the highly tissue-specific expression pattern of effectors. The six base pair DOrsal Gland motif (DOG box) is present in the promoter region of representatives from 26 of the 28 dorsal-gland effector families. Using the DOG box, we predicted a superset of putative effectors associated with this motif, validate gland cell expression for two novel genes by in situ hybridisation, and catalogue DOG effectors from available cyst nematode genomes. Comparison of effector diversity between pathotypes highlights polymorphisms which correlate with plant resistance-breaking pathotypes.
These G. rostochiensis genome resources will facilitate major advances in understanding nematode plant-parasitism. DOG effectors are at the front line of the evolutionary arms race between plant and parasite, and the ability to predict gland cell expression a priori promises rapid advances in understanding their roles and mechanisms of action. The G. rostochiensis consortium has rapidly established a model to study pathogenicity and virulence in plant-parasitic nematodes.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||32nd Symposium European Society of Nematologist - Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal|
Duration: 28 Aug 2016 → 1 Sep 2016
|Conference||32nd Symposium European Society of Nematologist|
|Period||28/08/16 → 1/09/16|