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The role of xanthan gum-associated genes in the pathogenicity and virulence of Xylella fastidiosa and potential strategies for biological control of citrus CVC

Grant number: 98/16262-2
Support type:Genome Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 1999 - July 31, 2003
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics
Principal Investigator:João Lúcio de Azevedo
Grantee:João Lúcio de Azevedo
Home Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The aim of the present research proposal is to investigate the role of xantham gum produced by Xylella fastidiosa in the pathogenicity and virulence of this bacterium in citrus plants, thus fulfilling the major requirement set by FAPESP for projects in this program. In a more direct approach, disruption of genes involved in xantham gum production will be attempted. First, a gene transfer system for X.fastidiosa will be developed and used as the primary tool for gene disruption. The establishment of such a system would be a major contribution to gene function studies that should follow the genome sequencing project. A second approach will involve the exposure of X.fastidiosa to an in planta xantham gum-degrading environment. Endophytes transformed to produce extracellular xantham gum-degrading enzymes into the xylem milieu will be used and their effect on X.fastidiosa infection will be assessed. This indirect approach will circumvent possible limitations of the first approach such as difficulties involved in vitro cultivation of X.fastidiosa and the possibility of incomplete knockout of genes. In addition, this in planta approach could be used as a framework for the development of strategies for disease control. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
AZEVEDO, JOAO LUCIO; ARAUJO, WELINGTON LUIZ; LACAVA, PAULO TEIXEIRA. The diversity of citrus endophytic bacteria and their interactions with Xylella fastidiosa and host plants. GENETICS AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, v. 39, n. 4, p. 476-491, OCT-DEC 2016. Web of Science Citations: 9.
FERREIRA FILHO, ANTONIO SERGIO; QUECINE, MARIA CAROLINA; BOGAS, ANDREA CRISTINA; ROSSETTO, PRISCILLA DE BARROS; DE SOUZA LIMA, ANDRE OLIVEIRA; LACAVA, PAULO TEIXEIRA; AZEVEDO, JOAO LUCIO; ARAUJO, WELINGTON LUIZ. Endophytic Methylobacterium extorquens expresses a heterologous beta-1,4-endoglucanase A (EglA) in Catharanthus roseus seedlings, a model host plant for Xylella fastidiosa. WORLD JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY, v. 28, n. 4, p. 1475-1481, APR 2012. Web of Science Citations: 10.
ANDREOTE, FERNANDO D.; ROSSETTO, PRISCILLA B.; SOUZA, LEONARDO C. A.; MARCON, JOELMA; MACCHERONI, JR., WALTER; AZEVEDO, JOAO L.; ARAUJO, WELINGTON L. Endophytic population of Pantoea agglomerans in citrus plants and development of a cloning vector for endophytes. JOURNAL OF BASIC MICROBIOLOGY, v. 48, n. 5, p. 338-346, OCT 2008. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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