Expression of Medicago truncatula ecto-apyrase MtAPY1;1 in leaves of Nicotiana benthamiana restricts necrotic lesions induced by a virulent fungus

Kazuhiro Toyoda, Eriko Kawakami, Hideaki Nagai, Taiki Shiobara-Komatsu, Kaori Tanaka, Yoshishige Inagaki, Yuki Ichinose, Tomonori Shiraishi

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Ecto-apyrase(s) participates in cell-wall-associated defense through ATP hydrolysis. Here we analyzed Medicago truncatula genes through cDNA screening and in silico analyses against known databases. This study revealed seven genes, five of which (MtAPY1;1 to MtAPY1;5) are members of a legume-specific family, whereas two genes (MtAPY2;1 and MtAPY2;2) are close to those in other plants. Agrobacterium-based transient expression in Nicotiana benthamiana, combined with a c-myc epitope tag technology, confirmed that the MtAPY1;1 is a secreted protein. Transient expression of MtAPY1;1 in leaves of N. benthamiana restricted disease development by a virulent fungus, suggesting a role in disease resistance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-229
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of General Plant Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2014



  • Ecto-apyrase
  • Medicago truncatula
  • MtAPY1;1
  • Nicotiana benthamiana
  • Triple c-myc epitope tag technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science

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