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Targeted Activation Tagging of the Arabidopsis NBS-LRR gene, ADR1, Conveys Resistance to Virulent Pathogens

Grant, John J., Chini, Andrea, Basu, Debrabata, Loake, Gary J.
Molecular plant-microbe interactions 2003 v.16 no.8 pp. 669-680
Arabidopsis, Botrytis cinerea, Erysiphe cichoracearum, Peronospora parasitica, chimerism, disease resistance, ethylene, fungi, gene expression, genetic markers, genetically modified organisms, image analysis, jasmonic acid, mutagenesis, mutants, pathogens, plant protection, protein kinases, reporter genes, salicylic acid, screening
A transgenic Arabidopsis line containing a chimeric PR-1luciferase (LUC) reporter gene was subjected to mutagenesis with activation tags. Screening of lines via high-throughput LUC imaging identified a number of dominant Arabidopsis mutants that exhibited enhanced PR-1 gene expression. Here, we report the characterization of one of these mutants, designated activated disease resistance (adr) 1. This line showed constitutive expression of a number of key defense marker genes and accumulated salicylic acid but not ethylene or jasmonic acid. Furthermore, adr1 plants exhibited resistance against the biotrophic pathogens Peronospora parasitica and Erysiphe cichoracearum but not the necrotrophic fungus Botrytis cinerea. Analysis of a series of adr1 double mutants suggested that adr1-mediated resistance against P. parasitica was salicylic acid (SA)-dependent, while resistance against E. cichoracearum was both SA-dependent and partially NPR1-dependent. The ADR1 gene encoded a protein possessing a number of key features, including homology to subdomains of protein kinases, a nucleotide binding domain, and leucine-rich repeats. The controlled, transient expression of ADR1 conveyed striking disease resistance in the absence of yield penalty, highlighting the potential utility of this gene in crop protection.