Gene expression analysis in soybean in response to the causal agent of Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi Sydow) in an early growth stage Academic Article uri icon


  • Asian soybean rust (ASR) caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi Sydow is a potentially devastating disease posing a serious threat to the soybean industry. Understanding plant host response at the molecular level is certainly important for control of the disease. The main objective of this study was to perform a transcriptome profiling of P. pachyrhizi-exposed young soybean plants (V2 growth stage) using whole genome Affymetrix microarrays of soybean. Three-week-old soybean cv. 5601 T plants at the V2 growth stage were inoculated with P. pachyrhizi, and leaf samples were collected 72 h post inoculation with subsequent microarray analysis performed. A total of 112 genes were found to be differentially expressed from P. pachyrhizi exposure, of which 46 were upregulated, and 66 were downregulated. Most of the differentially expressed genes were general defense and stress-related genes, and 34 of these were unknown. Confirmational real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was performed on a subset of 5 out of 112 differentially expressed genes. These results were congruent with the microarray analysis. Our results indicated that low and nonspecific innate response to the pathogen may account for the failure to develop rust resistance in the soybean variety studied. To our knowledge, this is the first microarray analysis of soybean in response to ASR.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Panthee, D. R., Yuan, J. S., Wright, D. L., Marois, J. J., Mailhot, D., & Stewart, C. N.

citation count

  • 46

complete list of authors

  • Panthee, DR||Yuan, JS||Wright, DL||Marois, JJ||Mailhot, D||Stewart, CN

publication date

  • February 2007