Journal article

PrhA controls a novel regulatory pathway required for the specific induction of Ralstonia solanacearum hrp genes in the presence of plant cells

M Marenda, B Brito, D Callard, S Genin, P Barberis, C Boucher, M Arlat

Molecular Microbiology | BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1998


The Ralstonia solanacearum hrp gene cluster is organized in five transcriptional units. Expression of transcriptional units 2, 3 and 4 is induced in minimal medium and depends on the hrp regulatory gene hrpB, which belongs to unit 1. This regulatory gene also controls the expression of genes, such as popA, located to the left of the hrp cluster. Here, we show that, upon co-culture with Arabidopsis thaliana and tomato cell suspensions, the expression of the hrp transcriptional units 1, 2, 3 and 4 is induced 10- to 20-fold more than in minimal medium. This induction is not triggered by diffusible signals but requires the presence of plant cells. Moreover, we show that this specific plant cell ..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers