Alternaria Alternata Mannitol Metabolism in Plant-pathogen Interactions

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dc.contributor.advisor Marc A. Cubeta, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Gary A. Payne, Committee Member en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Margaret E. Daub, Committee Chair en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Greg G. Upchurch, Committee Member en_US Velez, Heriberto en_US 2010-04-02T18:32:04Z 2010-04-02T18:32:04Z 2006-12-30 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-12282005-171313 en_US
dc.description.abstract Mannitol is purported to have role in fungi as a storage carbohydrate and has been shown to quench reactive oxygen species (ROS) both in vitro and in vivo. Mannitol metabolism in fungi is thought to occur through the mannitol cycle, which was proposed in the late 1970's from studies of cell free extracts of the fungus Alternaria alternata. In this cycle, mannitol 1-phosphate 5-dehydrogenase (MPDH; EC reduces fructose 6-phosphate into mannitol 1-phosphate, which is dephosphorylated by a mannitol 1-phosphatase (EC resulting in mannitol and inorganic phosphate. Mannitol also can be made through the enzyme mannitol dehydrogenase (MtDH; EC, which reduces fructose to mannitol. Here we report confirmation of these enzymes in the fungus A. alternata, the isolation of the genes, and the generation of strains mutated in MPDH, MtDH, or both genes. PCR confirmed gene replacement and enzyme assays using these mutants showed no activity for MtDH or MPDH. GC-MS analysis showed that double mutants did not produce mannitol, while single mutants had reduced mannitol production. Mannitol, as a quencher of ROS, may also have a role in host-pathogen interactions, by allowing the fungus to suppress ROS-mediated plant defense responses. To assess the contribution of mannitol in plant-pathogen interactions, wild type, single and double mutants were used in pathogenicity assays on tobacco plants. Severity of lesions caused by the MtDH disruptant was not significantly different from that of the wild type. By contrast, the MPDH disruptant and the double mutant caused significantly less disease. Microscopy analysis and histochemical staining for H2O2 showed that both the wild type strain and the double mutant were able to germinate, produced appressoria, and elicited a defense response from the host. Quantitative PCR studies showed that genes for both enzymes were upregulated in the presence of tobacco extracts, with MPDH having a stronger response. We conclude that mannitol biosynthesis is required for pathogenesis of A. alternata on tobacco, but is not required for normal spore germination either in vitro or in planta or for initial infection. en_US
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dc.subject 3-3? Diaminobenzidine tetrahydrochloride en_US
dc.subject reactive oxygen species en_US
dc.subject mannitol metabolism en_US
dc.subject mannitol dehydrogenase en_US
dc.subject polyols en_US
dc.subject Mannitol cycle en_US
dc.subject plant disease en_US
dc.subject antioxidant en_US
dc.subject fungi en_US
dc.subject mannitol 1-phosphate 5-dehydrogenase en_US
dc.title Alternaria Alternata Mannitol Metabolism in Plant-pathogen Interactions en_US PhD en_US dissertation en_US Plant Pathology en_US

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