Enhanced aphid detoxification when confronted by a host with elevated ROS production. Academic Article uri icon


  • Reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays an important role in plant defense responses against bacteria, fungi and insect pests. Most recently, we have demonstrated that loss of Arabidopsis thaliana BOTRYTIS-INDUCED KINASE1 (BIK1) function releases its suppression of aphid-induced H2O2 production and cell death, rendering the bik1 mutant more resistant to green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) than wild-type plants. However, little is known regarding how ROS-related gene expression is correlated with bik1-mediated resistance to aphids, or whether these aphids biochemically respond to the oxidative stress. Here, we show that the bik1 mutant exhibited elevated basal expression of ROS-generating and -responsive genes, but not ROS-metabolizing genes. Conversely, we detected enhanced detoxification enzymatic activities in aphids reared on bik1 plants compared to those on wild-type plants, suggesting that aphids counter the oxidative stress associated with bik1 through elevated metabolic resistance.

published proceedings

  • Plant Signal Behav

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Lei, J., & Zhu-Salzman, K.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Lei, Jiaxin||Zhu-Salzman, Keyan

publication date

  • January 2015