Jean-Pierre Blein

Université René Descartes - Paris 5, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

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Publications (34)129.67 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We previously isolated, by differential display and 5′ RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends), cDNAs corresponding to genes activated following cryptogein treatment of tobacco cell suspensions, among them tcI 7 (tcI for tobacco cryptogein Induced), a gene encoding a β-subunit of proteasome. Here, we report that tcI 7 was up-regulated in tobacco plants treated with elicitins (cryptogein and parasiticein) that have been shown to induce a systemic acquired resistance (SAR). Moreover, subsequent inoculation of tobacco with the pathogen Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae (Ppn) was shown to induce an additional activation of tcI 7 in tobacco plants pretreated with cryptogein. We also showed an up-regulation of tcI 7 by salicylic acid (SA). Moreover, accumulation of tcI 7 transcripts after treatment with cryptogein or with SA only occurred in NahG 9− tobacco plants that do not express the salicylate hydroxylase and thus are able to accumulate SA and develop a SAR. Suppressed accumulation of tcI 7 transcripts in NahG 8+ tobacco plants after cryptogein or SA treatment correlated with the loss of SAR. H2O2 was also shown to up-regulate tcI 7 in tobacco plants. Using gene walking by PCR we cloned and sequenced the 5′ flanking region of tcI 7 containing hypothetical regulatory sequences, especially myb and NF-κB boxes, that could be responsible for the regulation of tcI 7 by salicylic acid and H2O2 respectively.
    Febs Letters - FEBS LETT. 01/2000; 466(2):213-218.
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    ABSTRACT: We report the successful combination of mRNA differential-display reverse-transcription PCR (DDRT-PCR) and 5-rapid amplification of cDNA ends (5-RACE) in order to isolate full-length cDNAs corresponding to genes activated in tobacco cells treated with cryptogein within 60 min. Cloning and sequencing of two cDNAs, called tcI 7 and tcI 14 (for tobacco cryptogein-induced), allowed the identification of open reading frames. Deduced amino-acid sequences of tcI 7 and tcI 14 showed significant homologies with a -type proteasome subunit and a transformer-2-like serine/arginine-rich (SR) ribonucleoprotein, respectively. The accumulation of mRNAs corresponding to tcI 7 started 30 min after the addition of cryptogein to tobacco cell suspensions and continued up to 180 min, whereas the accumulation of tcI 14 corresponding mRNAs was transitory between 30 and 60 min. These results indicated a transcriptional activation of the corresponding genes early after elicitation of tobacco cells by cryptogein. The biological significance of this activation remains to be elucidated.
    Plant Molecular Biology 01/1997; 35(3):261-269. · 4.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The major yellow compounds extracted from the mycelium of Cercospora beticola, the beticolins, can be divided into two subgroups, the o- and the p-beticolins. It has been found that crystallogenesis conditions which allowed the X-ray analyses of the first subgroup are unsuccessful for the second. New conditions affording microcrystals for three p-beticolins, B1, B3 and B13 are described. Diffraction experiments have been performed on a synchrotron beam line; the results confirm the proposed structures for B1 and B3 and allow that of B13 to be elucidated.
    Journal of the Chemical Society Perkin Transactions 2 01/1997;
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    ABSTRACT: The fluorescent dye 3,3′-diethylthiadicarbocyanine iodide [diS-C2-(5)] was used to observe plasmalemma transmembrane potential variations of tobacco cells treated with uncoupler (FCCP), respiratory inhibitors (azide and cyanide), and H+-ATPase inhibitors (DCCD and a carbanilate derivative). These chemicals induced an increase in fluorescence, indicating a dissipation of the transmembrane potential. The [diS-C2-(5)] was also used to study the effects of two Cercospora beticola toxins on tobacco cells. Changes in fluorescence of [diS-C2-(5)] suggested that these two toxins caused a dissipation of the transmembrane potential with a different magnitude whereas kinetics of their association with membranes were comparable.
    Phytochemistry 09/1996; 43(2):387-392. · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The O2− · scavenging properties of beticolin-1, a fungal toxin, have been studied using peroxidase-mediated luminol chemiluminescence. A comparison between beticolin-1, vitamin E and tiron is reported: beticolin-1 displays an anti-radical effect without inhibiting peroxidase activity in a larger range of concentrations (1 × 10−8−1 × 10−5 M) than vitamin E (3 × 10−7−1 × 10−5 M) or tiron (5 × 10−7−4 × 10−5 M). Maximal scavenging efficacy was higher for beticolin-1 and vitamin E than for tiron (88, 80 and 52%, respectively).
    Phytochemistry 07/1996; 42(4):979-983. · 3.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Treatment of excised tobacco leaves with the fungal elicitor cryptogein progressively induced lipid peroxidation. In a first step, evidence was provided by the accumulation of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and in a second step, the process was monitored for a 26 h period by high-temperature thermoluminescence (TL) emission, showing a close correlationship with the TBARS data. Differences in the temperature-associated F0 rise (constant fluorescence) and in fluorescence emission spectra point to a progressive destabilization of the thylakoid membrane, especially affecting Photosystem II (PS II). In parallel, the PS II quantum efficiency ΔF / Fm and the Fv / Fm ratio of chlorophyll fluorescence induction decreased significantly over the 24 h period.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics 01/1995; 1229(2):290-295. · 4.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: With the exception of Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae (Ppn), the tobacco black-shank causing agent, Phytophthoras give rise to non-host interactions with tobacco. The resulting local hypersensitive response (HR) is accompanied by necrotic spots on the leaves at distance from the infection site [1]. Low molecular weight proteins are excreted by these Phytophthoras, both in planta and in vitro. They form a family of highly homologous holoproteins, called elicitins [2]. Tobacco plants treated with purified elicitins develop necrotic symptoms similar to those induced by the live fungus, and become resistant to further inoculation with Ppn [3]. Elicitin-treated tobacco represent an attractive model for the analysis of HR and its relation to acquired resistance.
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    ABSTRACT: Changes in lipid composition occurred when tobacco cells (Nicotiana tabacum var. Xanthi) were treated with cryptogein, a proteinaceous elicitor from Phytophthora cryptogea. The most striking change was an increase in acylated steryl glycosides and steryl esters levels, certainly resulting from the glycosylation and/or esterification of free sterols. Moreover, in vivo pulse-labelling experiments with [14C]acetate also showed that a progressive decline in the incorporation rate of [14C]acetate into free sterols started with the induction of sesquiterpenoid synthesis and lasted when sesquiterpenoid synthesis stops. This phenomenon was accompanied by a significant increase in the synthesis rate of phosphatidylethanolamine occuring after a period of 12 h (80% of [14C]incorporated into lipids was found in PE). These pulse-labelling experiments also indicated a transient neosynthesis of high levels of acylated steryl glycosides and steryl esters in elicited cells. These results demonstrated that glycosylation and/or esterification of sterols (preexistent or neosynthetised) is an initial event among plant cell responses associated with the hypersensitive reaction.
    Plant Science. 01/1995;
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    ABSTRACT: Cercospora beticola toxins were extracted from the mycelium and purified by flash chromatography and crystallization. TLC was used to monitor the purification. The pure compounds were used to determine the optimum conditions for HPLC analysis. The HPLC method was used to quantify these metabolites in crude extracts.
    Journal of Chromatography A 01/1995; 699(1):277-283. · 4.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The revised structures of beticolins 1 and 3 are described, based on chemical and spectroscopic evidence.
    Journal of the Chemical Society Chemical Communications 01/1994;
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    ABSTRACT: Among the secondary metabolites produced by Cercospora beticola, two new compounds have been isolated and their structures elucidated by NMR and MS analysis : they have the same basic skeleton as beticolins 1 and 2 and were named beticolins 3 and 4.
    Tetrahedron Letters 02/1993; 34(9):1483–1486. · 2.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Tobacco cells treated with cryptogein, an extracellular protein produced by Phytophthora cryptogea, accumulated ethylene and sesquiterpenoid compounds, mainly capsidiol. This protein, which causes hypersensitive-like necroses and ultimately makes tobacco resistant to the pathogen P. parasitica var. nicotianae is, therefore, an elicitor of defence mechanisms.
    Phytochemistry. 01/1991;
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    ABSTRACT: Twelve a and b 20S proteasome subunits cDNAs showing 70-82% identity with the corresponding genes in Arabidopsis or rice, and features of eukaryotic proteasome subunits were cloned in tobacco. Only b1-tcI 7, a3 and a6, 20S proteasome subunits encoding genes were up-regulated by cryptogein, a proteinaceous elicitor of plant defence reactions. These results led to the hypothesis that the activation of b1-tcI 7, a3 and a6 could induce a specific proteolysis involved in the hypersensitive response and systemic acquired resistance monitored by cryptogein. In eukaryotes, the 26S proteasome is the central multicatalytic proteinase complex comprising two subcomplexes: the 20S core particle that performs proteolysis and the 19S regulatory particle that recognizes the protein targeted for degradation. The 20S proteasome is a stack of four seven-membered rings, the two outer rings being formed by seven a sub- units and the two inner rings by seven b subunits. The central b rings enclose a cavity that houses the active sites allowing the progressive degradation of proteins. In mammals, proteasomes are shown to be involved in the degradation of misfolded proteins and also in biological functions such as cell cycle progression or cell death, and specific proteo- lysis such as the cleavage of propeptides in order to activate peptides
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    Jean-Pierre Blein, Marie-Louise Milat
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    ABSTRACT: Inculture, thephytopathogenic fungus Phytophthora cryptogea secretes aprotein whichelicits hypersensitive-like necroses and protects tobacco plants against invasion bythepathogen Phyto- phthora parasitca var.nicotianae. Thisprotein, namedcrypto- gein, hasbeenpurified anditsaminoacidsequence determined. Inthis work, westudied theeffect ofcryptogein ontobacco cell suspension cultures. Cryptogein waslethal atabout0.10micro- molar. Whenaddedatsublethal doses, itelicited theproduction ofethylene andphytoalexins. Italsoinduced arapid increase in pHandconductivity oftheextracellular mediumwithout affecting theintegrity oftheplasma membrane. Cryptogein reduced the fusicoccin-induced acidification oftheextracellular medium. The concentration whichinhibited thefusicoccin response by50% was0.8nanomolar, while 1micromolar erythrosine B,anATPase inhibitor, wasneededtoproduce thesameinhibition. However, cryptogein didnotinhibit theactivity ofapurified plasma mem- braneATPase. Results ofbinding studies withwholecells sug- gested thepresence ofelicitor-binding sites withahighaffinity forcryptogein. Theinvolvement oftheplasma membraneduring theinitial interaction between elicitor andcells isdiscussed.

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  • 2004–2008
    • Université René Descartes - Paris 5
      • Laboratoire de Cristallographie et Rmn Biologiques (UMR 8015)
      Paris, Ile-de-France, France
  • 2002–2006
    • French National Institute for Agricultural Research
      • Laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interactions (LIPM)
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2003–2005
    • Masaryk University
      • Ústav biochemie
      Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic
  • 1995–1997
    • University of Burgundy
      Dijon, Bourgogne, France