Spatial and temporal transcriptomic analysis of the Arabidopsis thaliana-Botrytis cinerea interaction

Joseph M K Mulema, Katherine J. Denby*

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Plants activate an array of defence responses following recognition of pathogenic organisms. This study attempted to characterize at a transcriptional level, the defence responses of Arabidopsis thaliana after infection with Botrytis cinerea using microarrays. Alteration in transcript levels following infection was investigated in time (temporal) and space (spatial). A number of genes were up-And down-regulated specifically at 12 h, others at 24 h while others were up-And down-regulated at both time points. Similarly, some genes were specifically induced very close to the lesion while others in more distal tissue. Clustering of expression profiles resulting from other biotic and abiotic interactions with Arabidopsis indicated a large overlap in gene expression. This study highlighted a multitude of genes induced in Arabidopsis spatially and temporally following infection with B. cinerea providing an insight into key processes of defence against this pathogen. The plethora of altered genes identified are candidates for further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4039-4049
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Biology Reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Botrytis cinerea
  • Defence
  • Grey mould
  • Microarray
  • Necrotroph

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