The Plant Pathology Journal 2005;21(4):402-405.
Published online December 31, 2005.
Simultaneous Expression of the Protease Inhibitors in a Rice Blast-Resistant Mutant
Chong U Han, Chan Hui Lee, Gyung Ja Choi, Jin Cheol Kim, Sang Nag Ahn, Jae Eul Choi, Jae Soon Cha, Kwang Yun Cho, Seon Woo Lee
We have previously identified genes for four different protease inhibitors (PIs) that were induced upon rice blast infection in a rice blast resistant mutant SHM-11. Our expression analysis of the PIs indicated that induction of the PIs was the highest 24 hr after rice blast inoculation in the rice mutant SHM-11. Three PIs in the group of serine PIs were highly expressed while a cystein PI was weakly expressed upon rice blast inoculation. Four PIs were weakly induced 48 hr after pathogen inoculation in rice blast susceptible wild type rice plant. The simultaneous expression of three serine PIs was apparent from SHM-11 and two of them were induced in rice blast resistant Taebaegbyeo. One of them was induced in rice blast resistant Hwayeongbyeo while none of them were expressed in rice blast susceptible Nagdongbyeo and rice blast resistant Dongjinbyeo. Our results suggest that the expression of PI gene is rice cultivar specific and may be linked with the rice blast resistance in a specific rice mutant by the simultaneous expression of the PI genes.
Key Words: defense, expression, protease inhibitors, PIs, rice blast-resistance

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