Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2019) 116, 14331-14338

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Chun-Yu Chen, Yao-Qian Liu, Wei-Meng Song, Dian-Yang Chen, Fang-Yan Chen, Xue-Ying Chen, Zhi-Wen Chen, Sheng-Xiang Ge, Chen-Zhu Wang, Shuai Zhan, Xiao-Ya Chen and Ying-Bo Mao (2019)
An effector from cotton bollworm oral secretion impairs host plant defense signaling
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116 (28), 14331-14338
Abstract: Insects have evolved effectors to conquer plant defense. Most known insect effectors are isolated from sucking insects, and examples from chewing insects are limited. Moreover, the targets of insect effectors in host plants remain unknown. Here, we address a chewing insect effector and its working mechanism. Cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) is a lepidopteran insect widely existing in nature and severely affecting crop productivity. We isolated an effector named HARP1 from H. armigera oral secretion (OS). HARP1 was released from larvae to plant leaves during feeding and entered into the plant cells through wounding sites. Expression of HARP1 in Arabidopsis mitigated the global expression of wounding and jasmonate (JA) responsive genes and rendered the plants more susceptible to insect feeding. HARP1 directly interacted with JASMONATE-ZIM-domain (JAZ) repressors to prevent the COI1-mediated JAZ degradation, thus blocking JA signaling transduction. HARP1-like proteins have conserved function as effectors in noctuidae, and these types of effectors might contribute to insect adaptation to host plants during coevolution.
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Database assignments for author(s): Chen-Zhu Wang, Xiao-Ya Chen

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
resistance/tolerance/defence of host

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Helicoverpa armigera Cotton (Gossypium)