The Plant Pathogen Pantoea ananatis Produces N-Acylhomoserine Lactone and Causes Center Rot Disease of Onion by Quorum Sensing

Department of Applied Chemistry, Utsunomiya University, Tochigi 321-8585, Japan.
Journal of bacteriology (Impact Factor: 2.81). 12/2007; 189(22):8333-8. DOI: 10.1128/JB.01054-07
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A number of gram-negative bacteria have a quorum-sensing system and produce N-acyl-l-homoserine lactone (AHL) that they use them as a quorum-sensing signal molecule. Pantoea ananatis is reported as a common colonist of wheat heads at ripening and causes center rot of onion. In this study, we demonstrated
that P. ananatis SK-1 produced two AHLs, N-hexanoyl-l-homoserine lactone (C6-HSL) and N-(3-oxohexanoyl)-l-homoserine lactone (3-oxo-C6-HSL). We cloned the AHL-synthase gene (eanI) and AHL-receptor gene (eanR) and revealed that the deduced amino acid sequence of EanI/EanR showed high identity to those of EsaI/EsaR from P. stewartii. EanR repressed the ean box sequence and the addition of AHLs resulted in derepression of ean box. Inactivation of the chromosomal eanI gene in SK-1 caused disruption of exopolysaccharide (EPS) biosynthesis, biofilm formation, and infection of onion leaves,
which were recovered by adding exogenous 3-oxo-C6-HSL. These results demonstrated that the quorum-sensing system involved
the biosynthesis of EPS, biofilm formation, and infection of onion leaves in P. ananatis SK-1.

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    • "Therefore, we propose that a complete rhlR/rhlI pair was acquired horizontally with the deletion of rhlI after divergence of Escherichia, Salmonella, and close relatives, from Pantoea and Erwinia. ExpI and PhzI produce oxoC6 [23], [24], an AHL detected with high sensitivity by SdiA [9], which is consistent with ExpI and PhzI representing descendants of the ancient LuxI protein paired with SdiA. "
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