The Botrytis cinerea early secretome

José J. Espino, Gerardo Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Nélida Brito, Punit Shah, Ron Orlando, Celedonio González

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The extracellular proteome, or secretome, of phytopathogenic fungi is presumed to be a key element of their infection strategy. Especially interesting constituents of this set are those proteins secreted at the beginning of the infection, during the germination of conidia on the plant surfaces or wounds, since they may play essential roles in the establishment of a successful infection. We have germinated Botrytis cinerea conidia in conditions that resemble the plant environment, a synthetic medium enriched with low molecular weight plant compounds, and we have collected the proteins secreted during the first 16 h by a double precipitation protocol. 2-D electrophoresis of the precipitated secretome showed a spot pattern similar for all conditions evaluated and for the control medium without plant extract. The proteins in 16 of these spots were identified by PMF and corresponded to 11 different polypeptides. Alternative determination of secretome composition by LC-MS/MS of tryptic fragments rendered a much larger number, 105 proteins, which included all previously identified by PMF. All proteins were functionally classified according to their putative function in the infection process. Key features of the early secretome include a large number of proteases, the abundance of proteins involved in the degradation of plant defensive barriers, and plenty of proteins with unknown function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3020-3034
Number of pages15
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Botrytis
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Microbiology
  • Secretome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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