Theoretical and Applied Genetics

, Volume 116, Issue 2, pp 261–270 | Cite as

Identification of a candidate gene for the wheat endopeptidase Ep-D1 locus and two other STS markers linked to the eyespot resistance gene Pch1

  • Jeffrey M. Leonard
  • Christy J. W. Watson
  • Arron H. Carter
  • Jennifer L. Hansen
  • Robert S. Zemetra
  • Dipak K. Santra
  • Kimberly G. Campbell
  • Oscar Riera-LizarazuEmail author
Original Paper


Wheat is prone to strawbreaker foot rot (eyespot), a fungal disease caused by Oculimacula yallundae and O. acuformis. The most effective source of genetic resistance is Pch1, a gene derived from Aegilops ventricosa. The endopeptidase isozyme marker allele Ep-D1b, linked to Pch1, has been shown to be more effective for tracking resistance than DNA-based markers developed to date. Therefore, we sought to identify a candidate gene for Ep-D1 as a basis for a DNA-based marker. Comparative mapping suggested that the endopeptidase loci Ep-D1 (wheat), enp1 (maize), and Enp (rice) were orthologous. Since the product of the maize endopeptidase locus enp1 has been shown to exhibit biochemical properties similar to oligopeptidase B purified from E. coli, we reasoned that Ep-D1 may also encode an oligopeptidase B. Consistent with this hypothesis, a sequence-tagged-site (STS) marker, Xorw1, derived from an oligopeptidase B-encoding wheat expressed-sequence-tag (EST) showed complete linkage with Ep-D1 and Pch1 in a population of 254 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between wheat cultivars Coda and Brundage. Two other STS markers, Xorw5 and Xorw6, and three microsatellite markers (Xwmc14, Xbarc97, and Xcfd175) were also completely linked to Pch1. On the other hand, Xwmc14, Xbarc97, and Xcfd175 showed recombination in the W7984 × Opata85 RIL population suggesting that recombination near Pch1 is reduced in the Coda/Brundage population. In a panel of 44 wheat varieties with known eyespot reactions, Xorw1, Xorw5, and Xorw6 were 100% accurate in predicting the presence or absence of Pch1 whereas Xwmc14, Xbarc97, and Xcfd175 were less effective. Thus, linkage mapping and a germplasm survey suggest that the STS markers identified here should be useful for indirect selection of Pch1.


Endopeptidase Leaf Sheath Association Panel International Triticeae Mapping Initiative International Triticeae Mapping Initiative Population 
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We would like to thank Dr. M. Isabel Vales for valuable discussions. Financial support from the Oregon State University Agricultural Research Foundation, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, the Oregon Wheat Commission, and the National Research Initiative of the US Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Coordinate Agricultural Project (Wheat CAP) grant number 2006-55606-16629 are greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Leonard
    • 1
  • Christy J. W. Watson
    • 1
  • Arron H. Carter
    • 2
  • Jennifer L. Hansen
    • 2
  • Robert S. Zemetra
    • 1
  • Dipak K. Santra
    • 3
  • Kimberly G. Campbell
    • 4
  • Oscar Riera-Lizarazu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Crop and Soil ScienceOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological SciencesUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  3. 3.Department of Crop and Soil SciencesWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  4. 4.US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research ServiceWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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