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Extensive sampling of basidiomycete genomes demonstrates inadequacy of the white-rot/brown-rot paradigm for wood decay fungi

Author:
Riley, Robert, Salamov, Asaf A., Brown, Daren W., Nagy, Laszlo G., Floudas, Dimitrios, Held, Benjamin W., Levasseur, Anthony, Lombard, Vincent, Morin, Emmanuelle, Otillar, Robert, Lindquist, Erika A., Sun, Hui, LaButti, Kurt M., Schmutz, Jeremy, Jabbour, Dina, Luo, Hong, Baker, Scott E., Pisabarro, Antonio G., Walton, Jonathan D., Blanchette, Robert A., Henrissat, Bernard, Martin, Francis, Cullen, Dan, Hibbett, David S., Grigoriev, Igor V.
Source:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2014 v.111 no.27 pp. 9923-9928
ISSN:
0027-8424
Subject:
Botryobasidium, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, brown-rot fungi, cell walls, cellulose, decayed wood, genes, genomics, hemicellulose, lignin, molecular systematics, pathogens, peroxidase, phylogeny, polyketide synthases, symbionts, white-rot fungi, woody plants
Abstract:
Basidiomycota (basidiomycetes) make up 32% of the described fungi and include most wood-decaying species, as well as pathogens and mutualistic symbionts. Wood-decaying basidiomycetes have typically been classified as either white rot or brown rot, based on the ability (in white rot only) to degrade lignin along with cellulose and hemicellulose. Prior genomic comparisons suggested that the two decay modes can be distinguished based on the presence or absence of ligninolytic class II peroxidases (PODs), as well as the abundance of enzymes acting directly on crystalline cellulose (reduced in brown rot). To assess the generality of the white-rot/brown-rot classification paradigm, we compared the genomes of 33 basidiomycetes, including four newly sequenced wood decayers, and performed phylogenetically informed principal-components analysis (PCA) of a broad range of gene families encoding plant biomass-degrading enzymes. The newly sequenced Botryobasidium botryosum and Jaapia argillacea genomes lack PODs but possess diverse enzymes acting on crystalline cellulose, and they group close to the model white-rot species Phanerochaete chrysosporium in the PCA. Furthermore, laboratory assays showed that both B. botryosum and J. argillacea can degrade all polymeric components of woody plant cell walls, a characteristic of white rot. We also found expansions in reducing polyketide synthase genes specific to the brown-rot fungi. Our results suggest a continuum rather than a dichotomy between the white-rot and brown-rot modes of wood decay. A more nuanced categorization of rot types is needed, based on an improved understanding of the genomics and biochemistry of wood decay.
Agid:
1786467