Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 737–743

Isolation of pathogen/stress-inducible cDNAs from alfalfa by mRNA differential display

  • Gina M. Truesdell
  • Martin B. Dickman*

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005728420374

Cite this article as:
Truesdell, G.M. & Dickman*, M.B. Plant Mol Biol (1997) 33: 737. doi:10.1023/A:1005728420374


Differential display of mRNA was used to isolate a full-length (SRG1) and a partial (SRG2) alfalfa cDNA induced during infection with the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum trifolii. The deduced amino acid sequences are similar to each other and resemble plant defense-related proteins and tree pollen allergens. SRG1 is a member of a gene family in alfalfa, which may also include the putative defense-related gene PR10. Unlike many defense-related genes described in similar systems, expression of SRG1-like genes does not correlate with resistance to C. trifolii. We speculate SRG1 is induced in response to plant stress.

alfalfa differential display gene family plant defense plant stress wound-induced gene expression 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gina M. Truesdell
    • 1
  • Martin B. Dickman*
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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