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    ABSTRACT: The genetic and biochemical basis of defence mechanisms in plant pathogenic fungi against antifungal compounds produced by antagonistic microorganisms is largely unknown. The results of this study show that both degradative and non-degradative defence mechanisms enable the plant pathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea to resist the broad-spectrum, phenolic antibiotic 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (2,4-DAPG). The efflux pump BcAtrB provides the first line of defence for B. cinerea, preventing accumulation of 2,4-DAPG in the cell to toxic concentrations, whereas the extracellular laccase BcLCC2 mediates, via conversion of tannic acid, subsequent degradation of 2,4-DAPG. Expression of BcatrB is induced by 2,4-DAPG and efflux gives B. cinerea sufficient time to more effectively initiate the process of BcLCC2-mediated antibiotic degradation. This is supported by the observations that the BcatrB mutant is significantly more sensitive to 2,4-DAPG than its parental strain, and is substantially less effective in 2,4-DAPG degradation. The results of this study further showed that BcLCC2 itself is not able to degrade 2,4-DAPG, but requires tannic acid as a mediator for 2,4-DAPG degradation. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the laccase-mediator system is shown to play a role in the detoxification of a broad-spectrum antibiotic compound from bacterial origin. We postulate that yet unknown constituents present in tannic acid act as substrate(s) of BcLCC2, thereby generating radicals that mediate 2,4-DAPG degradation.
    Environmental Microbiology 06/2008; 10(5):1145-57. · 6.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A collection of 76 plant-pathogenic and 41 saprophytic Fusarium oxysporum strains was screened for sensitivity to 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (2,4-DAPG), a broad-spectrum antibiotic produced by multiple strains of antagonistic Pseudomonas fluorescens. Approximately 17% of the F. oxysporum strains were relatively tolerant to high 2,4-DAPG concentrations. Tolerance to 2,4-DAPG did not correlate with the geographic origin of the strains, formae speciales, intergenic spacer (IGS) group, or fusaric acid production levels. Biochemical analysis showed that 18 of 20 tolerant F. oxysporum strains were capable of metabolizing 2,4-DAPG. For two tolerant strains, analysis by mass spectrometry indicated that deacetylation of 2,4-DAPG to the less fungitoxic derivatives monoacetylphloroglucinol and phloroglucinol is among the initial mechanisms of 2,4-DAPG degradation. Production of fusaric acid, a known inhibitor of 2,4-DAPG biosynthesis in P. fluorescens, differed considerably among both 2,4-DAPG-sensitive and -tolerant F. oxysporum strains, indicating that fusaric acid production may be as important for 2,4-DAPG-sensitive as for -tolerant F. oxysporum strains. Whether 2,4-DAPG triggers fusaric acid production was studied for six F. oxysporum strains; 2,4-DAPG had no significant effect on fusaric acid production in four strains. In two strains, however, sublethal concentrations of 2,4-DAPG either enhanced or significantly decreased fusaric acid production. The implications of 2,4-DAPG degradation, the distribution of this trait within F. oxysporum and other plant-pathogenic fungi, and the consequences for the efficacy of biological control are discussed.
    Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 12/2004; 17(11):1201-11. · 4.31 Impact Factor