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The conserved oligomeric Golgi complex is involved in penetration resistance of barley to the barley powdery mildew fungus


  • Present address: The School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Campus, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK.

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Membrane trafficking is vital to plant development and adaptation to the environment. It is suggested that post-Golgi vesicles and multivesicular bodies are essential for plant defence against directly penetrating fungal parasites at the cell wall. However, the actual plant proteins involved in membrane transport for defence are largely unidentified. We applied a candidate gene approach and single cell transient-induced gene silencing for the identification of membrane trafficking proteins of barley involved in the response to the fungal pathogen Blumeria graminis f.sp. hordei. This revealed potential components of vesicle tethering complexes [putative exocyst subunit HvEXO70F-like and subunits of the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex] and Golgi membrane trafficking (COPIγ coatomer and HvYPT1-like RAB GTPase) as essential for resistance to fungal penetration into the host cell.