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Differential Gene Expression Analysis of Resistant and Susceptible Flax Cultivars in Response to Fusarium oxysporum Stress

Version 1 : Received: 14 October 2021 / Approved: 15 October 2021 / Online: 15 October 2021 (14:32:42 CEST)

How to cite: Rui, H.; Dong, C.Y.; Ming, W.J. Differential Gene Expression Analysis of Resistant and Susceptible Flax Cultivars in Response to Fusarium oxysporum Stress. Preprints 2021, 2021100228 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0228.v1). Rui, H.; Dong, C.Y.; Ming, W.J. Differential Gene Expression Analysis of Resistant and Susceptible Flax Cultivars in Response to Fusarium oxysporum Stress. Preprints 2021, 2021100228 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0228.v1).

Abstract

A plant’s early response to pathogen stress is a vital indicator of its disease resistance. In order to study the response mechanism of resistant and susceptible flax cultivars to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini (Foln), we applied RNA-sequencing to analyze transcriptomes of flax with Foln 0.5, 2 and 8 hours post inoculation (hpi). We found a significant difference in the number of differential expression genes (DEGs) between resistant and susceptible flax clutivars. The number of DEGs in the Fusarium-resistant cultivar increased dramatically at 2 hpi, and a large number of DEGs participated in the Fusarium-susceptible cultivar response to Foln infection 0.5 hpi. GO enrichment analysis determined that the up-regulated DEGs of both flax cultivars were enriched such as oxidoreductase activity and oxidation-reduction process. At the same time, the genes involved in diterpenoid synthesis were up-regulated in resistant cultivar, while those involved in extracellular region, cell wall and organophosphate ester transport were down-regulated in susceptible cultivar. KEGG enrichment analysis showed the genes encoded WRKY 22 and WRKY33 which involved in MAPK signaling pathway were up-regulated expressed in S-29 and down-regulated expressed in R-7, negatively regulated the disease resistance of flax; The genes encoded Hsp 90 family which in involved in plant pathogen interaction pathway were up-regulated in R-7 and down-regulated in S-29, which positively regulated the disease resistance of flax; The genes encoded MYC2 transcription factor and TIFY proteins which involved in plant hormone signaling pathway were up-regulated in R-7, and regulated the jasmonic acid metabolism of flax and the signal transduction of plant hormones. Meanwhile seven regulatory genes with the most correlation were screened out, Among Lus10025000.g and Lus10026447.g regulated other genes expressed both in plant hormone signal transduction pathway and MAPK signal pathway. In conclusion, these findings will facilitate further studies on the function of these candidate genes in flax of response to Fusarium stress, and the breeding of disease-resistant flax cultivar.

Keywords

flax; Fusarium oxysporum; differential expression genes; GO enrichment analysis; KEGG enrichment analysis

Subject

BIOLOGY, Agricultural Sciences & Agronomy

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