Molecular Evolution of Fungal Polygalacturonase

  • F. Cervone
  • G. De Lorenzo
  • G. Salvi
  • L. Camardella
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In plant-fungi interactions the establishment of basic compatibility occurs when a potential pathogen acquires functions that allow colonization of host plant species and/or suppression or neutralization of host resistance responses. Cultivar and race-specific resistance (specific compatibility) is generally considered as superimposed in host-parasite systems which have already acquired basic compatibility. Specific compatibility is achieved with the matching of two molecules which are products of one gene in the host and one gene in the parasite [1,2]. However a plausible and economical evolutionary strategy could utilize, for specific compatibility, the same molecules involved in basic compatibility, if their structure and function are flexible enough.


Plant Cell Wall Botrytis Cinerea Fusarium Moniliforme Colletotrichum Lindemuthianum Trichoderma Koningii 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Cervone
    • 1
  • G. De Lorenzo
    • 1
  • G. Salvi
    • 1
  • L. Camardella
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia VegetaleUniversità “La Sapienza”RomaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Internazionale di Genetica e BiofisicaNapoliItaly

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