Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 77, Issue 8, pp 910–916 | Cite as

Role of prodigiosin and chitinases in antagonistic activity of the bacterium Serratia marcescens against the fungus Didymella applanata

  • A. B. DuzhakEmail author
  • Z. I. Panfilova
  • T. G. Duzhak
  • E. A. Vasyunina
  • M. V. Shternshis


The molecular features of antagonism of the bacterium Serratia marcescens against the plant pathogenic fungus Didymella applanata have been studied. The chitinases and the red pigment prodigiosin (PG) of S. marcescens were isolated and characterized. Specific antifungal activity of the purified PG and chitinases against D. applanata was tested in vitro. The antagonistic properties of several S. marcescens strains exhibiting different levels of PG and chitinase production were analyzed in vitro with regard to D. applanata. It was found that the ability of S. marcescens to suppress the vital functions of D. applanata depends mainly on the level of PG production, whereas chitinase production does not provide the bacterium with any competitive advantage over the fungus.

Key words

Serratia marcescens Didymella applanata antagonism chitinase prodigiosin 



chitinase activity




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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. B. Duzhak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Z. I. Panfilova
    • 1
  • T. G. Duzhak
    • 2
    • 3
  • E. A. Vasyunina
    • 1
  • M. V. Shternshis
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Cytology and GeneticsSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.The University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  3. 3.International Tomography CenterSiberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  4. 4.Novosibirsk State Agrarian UniversityNovosibirskRussia

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