Functional Characterization of Citrus Polygalacturonase-inhibiting Protein
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- NALUMPANG, S., GOTOH, Y., TSUBOI, H. et al. J Gen Plant Pathol (2002) 68: 118. doi:10.1007/PL00013064
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A cDNA encoding a polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein gene (SaiPGIPA) was identified from the citrus cultivar Sainumphung (Citrus sp.), one of the most popular cultivars in northern Thailand. SaiPGIPA was expressed in Escherichia coli cells, and the functional properties of citrus PGIP were analyzed. The PGIP fusion protein inhibited by a maximum of about 60% of the endopolygalacturonase activity, and a mixture of the PGIP and fungal endopoly-galacturonase released oligogalacturonides from polygalacturonic acid. The mixture containing the oligogalactur-onides, endopolygalacturonase and PGIP induced expression of the PGIP gene and a chalcone synthase gene in citrus leaves. The mixture also induced resistance in cucumber leaves against Colletotrichum lagenarium.