Genetic and physiological analysis of the relationship between partial resistance to clubroot and tolerance to trehalose in Arabidopsis thaliana


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Antoine Gravot
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  • In Arabidopsis thaliana the induction of plant trehalase during clubroot disease was proposed to act as a defense mechanism in the susceptible accession Col-0, which could thereby cope with the accumulation of pathogen-synthesized trehalose. In the present study, we assessed trehalose activity and tolerance to trehalose in the clubroot partially resistant accession Bur-0.
  • We compared both accessions for several trehalose-related physiological traits during clubroot infection. A quantitative trait loci (QTLs) analysis of tolerance to exogenous trehalose was also conducted on a Bur-0xCol-0 RIL progeny.
  • Trehalase activity was not induced by clubroot in Bur-0 and the inhibition of trehalase by validamycin treatments resulted in the enhancement of clubroot symptoms only in Col-0. In pathogen-free cultures, Bur-0 showed less trehalose-induced toxicity symptoms than Col-0. A QTL analysis identified one locus involved in tolerance to trehalose overlapping the confidence interval of a QTL for resistance to Plasmodiophora brassicae. This colocalization was confirmed using heterogeneous inbred family (HIF) lines.
  • Although not based on trehalose catabolism capacity, partial resistance to clubroot is to some extent related to the tolerance to trehalose accumulation in Bur-0. These findings support an original model where contrasting primary metabolism-related regulations could contribute to the partial resistance to a plant pathogen.