Most of the Albugo candida races have a broad host range. In a study in which varieties of 10 Brassica species were inoculated with A. candida race 1 (from . Albugo candida has a comparatively small genome amongst oomycetes, retains motility of sporangial inoculum, and harbours a much smaller. Growth of the white rust fungus Albugo candida in callus tissue of. Brassica juncea. INDRANI LAHIRI and T. P. BHOWMIK*. Division of Mycology and Plant.

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Albugo candida is a biotrophic oomycete that parasitizes various species of Brassicaceae, causing a disease white blister rust with remarkable xlbugo in behaviour to unrelated rusts of basidiomycete fungi. A recent genome analysis of the oomycete Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis suggests that a reduction in the number of genes encoding secreted pathogenicity proteins, enzymes albugoo assimilation of inorganic nitrogen and sulphur represent a genomic signature for the evolution of obligate biotrophy.

Here, we report a draft reference genome of a major crop pathogen Albugo candida another obligate biotrophic oomycete with an estimated genome of This is very similar to the genome size of a necrotrophic oomycete Pythium ultimum 43 Mb but less than half that of H.

Most of the predicted genes lack significant similarity with sequences from other oomycetes. Necrosis and Ethylene inducing Peptides were not detected in the genome of A. Putative orthologs of tat-C, a component of the twin arginine translocase system, were identified from multiple oomycete genera along with proteins containing putative tat-secretion signal peptides.

Albugo candida has a comparatively small genome amongst oomycetes, retains motility of sporangial inoculum, and harbours a much smaller repertoire of candidate effectors than was recently reported for H.

This minimal gene repertoire could indicate alnugo lack of expansion, rather than a reduction, in the number of genes that signify the evolution of biotrophy in oomycetes. Oomycetes are a group of eukaryotic micro-organisms of the kingdom Stramenopila that exhibit a wide breadth of life styles from free-living saprophytes in aquatic and soil environments, to above ground endophytes and obligately biotrophic parasites of plants and animals [ 1 ].

Despite having filamentous, fungal-like morphology during most of their life cycle, oomycetes are most closely related to brown algae and unicellular diatoms [ 1 – 3 ]. Terrestrial oomycetes cause some of the most economically destructive plant diseases worldwide such as late blight of potato Phytophthora infestansdowny mildews and root rots in a wide range of seed and forage crops, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.

Roussel is a key species for comparative genomics in the oomycetes as the archetypal crop pathogen in the Albuginales, which is an order that consists exclusively of obligate biotrophs. The Albuginales diverged early from the Cadnida, which includes a wider spectrum of necrotrophs e. Pythium ultimumhemibiotrophs e. Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis [ 4 ]. Disease resistance to oomycete pathogens has been a major target of plant breeding programs, and also a focus of genetics research to reveal the molecular basis of major resistance genes for use in crops [ 5 – 7 ].

Parallel progress in oomycete genetics has been much slower.

However, recent advances from map-based strategies have identified several avirulence Avr proteins in downy mildew and Phytophthora pathogens which match major disease resistance genes in their natural hosts [ 8 – 11 ]. Advances have also been albygo in comparative oomycete genomics with public release of reference genomes for three Phytophthora species Allbugo.

Most oomycete Avr proteins share a conserved amino-terminal signal peptide and labugo specific ‘RXLR’ motif, which is generally thought to be required for delivery of proteins with inherent virulence caneida into the host cell [ 18 – 20 ].

The RXLR motif and flanking amino acids were used to develop algorithms that have enabled identification of more than candidate effector proteins encoded by the genomes of different Phytophthora species [ 21 ] and in H.

Mutational and transient expression analyses have confirmed that several Phytophthora proteins have a virulence effector function in plants [ 22 – 24 ].

Albugo species cause a destructive disease called white blister rust candids 2526 ]. The disease derives its name from the appearance of white pustules, due to enzymatic digestion of epidermal cell wall, on the surface of leaves and other aerial parts of the host [ 27 ].

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The pustules contain masses of dehydrated sporangiospores that upon re-hydration in water droplets release zoospores that can swim to stomatal openings, encyst and produce a germ tube which will extend into the sub-stomatal chamber and penetrate the host cell. A primary vesicle forms in the albugp cell, which enables further development of intercellular hyphae in a susceptible interaction [ 2829 ]. Stomatal infection and spore dispersal via epidermal emergence indicate convergence in life cycle adaptation to unrelated basidiomycete rust fungi.

White blister rust has been an important experimental model for investigating the molecular basis of disease resistance, pathogen virulence, host-parasite speciation, and the phenomenon of sustained defence suppression that is typically associated with ‘green islands’ of compatible host tissue [ 46283031 ]. For instance, the type species, Albugo candida Pers.

Roussel was originally collected from a wild species Capsella bursa-pastoris [ 32 ] but represents a highly variable complex of physiological races, each of which are pathogens in different oilseed, vegetable brassicas or other wild crop relatives [ 33 – 36 ].

More narrowly specialized species occur on other wild members of the Brassicaceae such as a common pathogen of A. Rare accessions of A. The broad spectrum race non-specific nature of WRR4 suggests that the multiple physiological races of A. To support efforts for the genetic improvement of white rust control in Brassica crops, we have developed genomic resources for A. R oger R immer. The first cDNA library was constructed from susceptible B. A cDNA library was constructed from the susceptible B.

Approximately 36, cDNA clones average insert size of bp were sequenced from both directions and after sequence quality assessment a total of 50, ESTs were collected. A computational pipeline was developed to distinguish plant-derived versus pathogen-derived ESTs. ESTs with significant sequence similarity to any plant gene were predicted as being transcripts derived from B.

This in silico separation was intentionally designed to be conservative in assigning a “plant” designation to ESTs, as we sought to be highly confident about identifying sequences that were expressed by the pathogen. These ESTs provide a rich sample of transcripts expressed in the pathogen inoculum, and include genes encoding proteins important for initiating the infection process. A total of 38, high quality ESTs were obtained. We compared ESTs from the two complementary libraries to derive a combined data set of 14, pathogen transcripts from Ac2VRR, consisting of 2, that were present in both libraries, 5, that were only found in the library from infected host tissue, and 11, from the second ‘pre-infection’ library generated from sporangiospores Additional file 1: To validate the predicted A.

Assembly of the shotgun data yielded After scaffolding the assembly was resolved to scaffolds covering Therefore albgo scaffolded This disparity between the assembled and estimated genome size could be due to un-resolved repetitive elements or arise from telomeric, centromeric and peri-centromeric regions of the genome which would be inaccessible to these sequencing methods.

Additional validation of the assembly was carried out by alignment of 5 BACs from Ac2VRR which were sequenced as a 7 kb paired-end library using titanium chemistry.

Each of the 5 BACs was individually assembled using Newbler and in all 5 cases the data assembled into a single scaffold Additional file zlbugo The regions of the shotgun genome assembly which correspond to these BACs show a very high level of sequence similarity with the genomic assembly. Combining multiple types of evidence through the use of Evidence Modeler cabdida 51 ] we identified a total of 15, gene models, implying an average inter-genic distance of 2, bp.

The results of the Cufflinks report on the specificity and sensitivity of the gene predictions Additional file candidw The low sensitivity arises from the fact that many housekeeping genes from Ac2VRR share some level of sequence similarity with orthologous genes in the host plant. Further validation of A. The high specificity indicates that ESTs being predicted as originating from ablugo pathogen were confirmed within the genome sequence for Ac2VRR.

Taken together, these measures of specificity and sensitivity indicate that this computational approach is useful for identifying expressed genes that are highly specific to the pathogen in the absence of a genome sequence for the pathogen. These genomic data provide an initial opportunity to assess the genome organisation of A. We investigated whether A.


Albugo candida is deficient in the same nitrate, nitrite, and sulphite reductases as H. We identified a secretome comprised of proteins from the annotated set of Albugo candida proteins, using previously established criteria [ 13 ] such as the presence of amino-terminal signal peptide, a motif indicating that the encoded protein is likely to be secreted by the pathogen, and lack of additional trans-membrane domains.

In contrast to the extensive family expansions observed in Phytophthora genomes, the gene families of the A. For example, the largest A. Even in the pathogen H. Interestingly the largest secreted gene family in A. Many of the gene families within A.

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In general, the A. Only two genes in the H. The genome of A. Ac2VRR-CBEL1 has a signal peptide which may result in its secretion and its expression was detected to be higher during infection albuog in sporangiospores Additional file 1: By contrast Ac2VRR-CBEL2 does not contain a signal peptide indicating that it would be unlikely to be secreted and its expression was only detected in sporangiospores.

Examining the multiple sequence alignment and the molecular phylogeny of the oomycete CBELs Additional file 1: Of note is that the CBEL from the fish pathogen Saprolengia parasitica has Apple domains in locations which correspond to the location of the CBDs in the plant pathogens.

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In tests performed using a transient assay in N. Alignment of oomycete CBEL proteins. Note that the protein sequence for P. Elicitins belong to PAMPs from plant pathogenic oomycetes. Elicitins are a highly conserved group of secreted proteins and includes members such as INF1, a 10 KDa protein from P. The presence of six cysteine residues is a common feature of elicitins and has been used to mine databases revealing elicitins ELI candiea elicitin-like ELL genes from several Phytophthora species [ 58 ].

Following this precedent, we identified nine genes which were either annotated as elicitins via InterProScan or had similarity to an ELL Additional file 1: Additional sequence similarity for the A. Necrosis and Ethylene inducing Peptides NEPs are common among diverse groups of plant pathogens and are capable albygo triggering plant cell death [ 62 ]. We performed sequence similarity searches with known NEP proteins and searched canida A.

None of the methods, used to search for NEPs in A. RXLRs are a group of cytoplasmic effectors that are abundant in Phytophthora species [ 1321 ].

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The number of Ac-RXL effectors was estimated by string searches within the predicted proteins with amino-terminal signal peptides. The numbers of true positives were derived from subtraction of HMM searches of the permutated protein sequences [ 21 ]. We identified a total of 26 predicted gene models which contained a putative sec-dependent signal peptide, lacked homology to known proteins, and had an Ac-RXL motif Additional file 1: A series of eight additional candidate Ac-RXLs were tested for their ability to transiently induce necrosis when infiltrated into N.

Further investigation is needed to determine the nature of necrosis induced in tobacco and to confirm each effector’s function. These domains have been shown to be involved in suppression host Program Cell Death [ 63 ]. None of these domains were detected in Albugowhich supports the independent origin of Albugo effectors in the evolution of biotrophy.

Control infiltrations were performed using vectors containing GUS in the two upper circles. Homologues have been reported from H. CRNs have been proposed to be an ancient group of host-targeting proteins that evolved in the oomycete lineage. Using a modified pattern based on the work of Schornack and co-worker [ 66 ] and custom HMMs based on the conserved N-terminal domain containing the host-targeting motif FLAK, we identified six gene models as putative CRNs Additional file 1: Additional Tables S7 and S8.