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The botrydial biosynthetic gene cluster of Botrytis cinerea displays a bipartite genomic structure and is positively regulated by the putative Zn(II)2Cys6 transcription factor BcBot6

Porquier's publication in Fungal Genetics and Biology
BIOGER PhD student Antoine Porquier and collaborators from INRA and University of Cadiz published the identification of nuclear proteine that positively regulates the synthesis of the phytotoxin botrydial. This study also reveals that the botrydial biosynthetic genes cluster is nested between AT-rich regions that are made of RIPed transposable elements. A similar scenario occurs for the botcinic acid biosynthetic genes cluster. If you want to know more about it, join BIOGER on the 14th of December for Antoine’s PhD presentation!

Botrydial (BOT) is a non-host specific phytotoxin produced by the polyphagous phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea. The genomic region of the BOT biosynthetic gene cluster was investigated and revealed two additional genes named Bcbot6 and Bcbot7. Analysis revealed that the G+C/A+T-equilibrated regions that contain the Bcbot genes alternate with A+T-rich regions made of relics of transposable elements that have undergone repeat-induced point mutations (RIP). Furthermore, BcBot6, a Zn(II)2Cys6 putative transcription factor was identified as a nuclear protein and the major positive regulator of BOT biosynthesis. In addition, the phenotype of the ΔBcbot6 mutant indicated that BcBot6 and therefore BOT are dispensable for the development, pathogenicity and response to abiotic stresses in the B. cinerea strain B05.10. Finally, our data revealed that B. pseudocinerea, that is also polyphagous and lives in sympatry with B. cinerea, lacks the ability to produce BOT. Identification of BcBot6 as the major regulator of BOT synthesis is the first step towards a comprehensive understanding of the complete regulation network of BOT synthesis and of its ecological role in the B. cinerea life cycle. 

schema article Porquier 2016

 

Reference : Porquier A., Morgant G., Moraga J., Dalmais B., Luyten A., Simon A., Pradier J.-M.,Amselem J., González Collado I. and Viaud M. (2016), The botrydial biosynthetic gene cluster of Botrytis cinerea displays a bipartite genomic structure and is positively regulated by the putative Zn(II)2Cys6 transcription factor BcBot6. Fungal Genetics and Biology. Vol. 96, 33-46.
doi:10.1016/j.fgb.2016.10.003