Differential induction of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA reductase in two cotton species following inoculation with Verticillium. Academic Article uri icon


  • Gossypium barbadense cottons are typically more resistant to wilt pathogens than are Gossypium hirsutum cultivars. Both species make terpenoid phytoalexins in response to infection, implicating isoprenoid biosynthesis as a factor in resistance. Conserved regions in plant 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGR), the first enzyme in the terpene biosynthesis pathway, were used to design polymerase chain reaction primers for cloning a fragment of a cotton HMGR gene. The clone was used as a probe on Northern blots to show that induction of HMGR mRNA following introduction of Verticillium dahliae spores into the vascular system is much more rapid in Seabrook Sea Island, a restant G. barbadense cotton, than it is in Rowden, a susceptible G. hirsutum. The amount of HMGR mRNA returned to near control levels in 4 days in the former variety but continued to accumulate in the latter. Specific enzyme activity of HMGR also increased more rapidly in stele extracts of Seabrook Sea Island than in Rowden.

published proceedings

  • Mol Plant Microbe Interact

author list (cited authors)

  • Joost, O., Bianchini, G., Bell, A. A., Benedict, C. R., & Magill, C. W.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Joost, O||Bianchini, G||Bell, AA||Benedict, CR||Magill, CW

publication date

  • January 1995