Periplasmic oligosaccharides, extracted from Pseudomonas syringae pv. aptata and purified by column chromatography, modify the homologous interaction between tobacco leaves and P. syringae pv. tabaci. The osmoregulating oligosaccharides can act as signal molecules to plant cells, but the molecular basis of this function is not known. Genetical analysis of pathogenicity determinants in P. s. pv. aptata strain NCPPB2664 allowed the identification of hrp genes which are essential in governing the ability of the bacteria to cause disease on host plants (such as sugar beet, lettuce), and the ability to induce the hypersensitive response on non-host plants (such as tobacco). The current study addresses whether a correlation between the pathogenicity and the production of oligosaccharides exists. To test the hypothesis that in the early stages of plant-bacteria interactions the hrp genes might be involved in the production of the periplasmic oligosaccharides, the latter has been studied in P. syringae pv. aptata Hrp- mutants.
Pseudomonas syringae pv. aptata HRP mutants which fail to produce periplasmic oligosaccharides / Stefani, Emilio; Minardi, Paola. - (1997), pp. 343-347. (Intervento presentato al convegno Pseudomonas syringae pathovars and related pathogens tenutosi a Berlino, Germany nel September 3-8, 1995) [10.1007/978-94-011-5472-7].