Plant Cell Reports

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 697–711 | Cite as

Molecular characterization of peach PR genes and their induction kinetics in response to bacterial infection and signaling molecules

  • S. Sherif
  • G. Paliyath
  • Subramanian JayasankarEmail author
Original Paper


‘Venture’ and ‘BabyGold 5’ are two peach cultivars with a demonstrated resistance and susceptibility, respectively, to bacterial spot disease caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. pruni (Xcp). To explore the differences between these cultivars at the molecular level, two PR1 (Pp-PR1a, Pp-PR1b) and three PR5 (Pp-TLP1, Pp-TLP2 and Pp-TLP3) genes were isolated from peach (Prunus persica L.) and investigated by in silico and in situ approaches. The analysis of gene expression by qRT-PCR indicated that all PR genes, except Pp-PR1a, were induced to a significantly higher degree in the resistant cultivar. In response to signaling molecules, Pp-PR1a was induced chiefly by SA treatment, while other PR genes were induced mainly by ethephon or MeJA treatments. The induction of the same set of PR genes in response to bacterial infection, MeJA or ethephon suggests the involvement of jasmonic acid (JA)/ethylene (ET)-signaling pathways in mediating resistance against Xcp, which is consistent with the potential hemibiotrophic nature of this bacterium. The identification of binding sites for ERF and MYC2 transcription factors in the promoter of Pp-TLP1 and Pp-TLP2 genes further supported the role of JA/ET pathways in the transcription regulation of these genes. The role of stomata in defense against Xcp was also investigated by measuring stomatal apertures in both ‘Venture’ and ‘BabyGold 5’ leaves after 1 and 3 HPI. While most stomata closed in both cultivars within 1 HPI, stomata reopened again at 3 HPI with a higher percentage recorded for ‘BabyGold 5’, suggesting a potential role of stomata in the susceptibility of this cultivar.


PR genes Xanthomonascampestris pv. pruni Plant hormones Stomatal aperture Thaumatin-like proteins 



Amino acids


Days post-inoculation




Effector-triggered immunity


Damage-associated molecular patterns


Green fluorescent protein


Hours post-inoculation


Jasmonic acid


Hours post-treatment


Pathogen-associated molecular patterns


PAMP-triggered immunity




Salicylic acid


Systemic acquired resistance


Thaumatin-like proteins


Xanthomonas campestris pv. pruni



We would like to thank Dr. J. Tambong (AAFC-Ottawa, ON, Canada) for providing us with the bacterial strain and Dr. I. El-Sharkawy (VRIC, ON, Canada) for the pGreen binary vector. Work is supported by funds from the Ministry of Higher Education (Egypt; SS) and grant 026541 of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Canada; SJ).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Sherif
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Paliyath
    • 2
  • Subramanian Jayasankar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphVineland StationCanada
  2. 2.Department of Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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