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8th World Congress on Virology

San Antonio, USA

Zenab Aly Torky

Zenab Aly Torky

Ain Shams University, Egypt

Title: Vitamin B mediated priming of disease resistance and defense responses to tobacco mosaic virus in Capsicum annuum L. plants


Biography: Zenab Aly Torky


Thiamin (B1) and riboflavin (B2) can act as activators and priming factors of defense mechanisms for Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) infection in Capsicum annuum plants. Effect of exogenous application of each vitamin on C. annuum leaves was demonstrated to induce defense responses and systemic resistance against TMV in the untreated parts of the plant. A concentration ranging from 0.25 to 15 mM was used of both vitamins and caused 70% of inhibition of TMV for thiamin at concentration 4 mM and 64.1% of inhibition of TMV for riboflavin at concentration 2 mM, when applied just before virus inoculation. The induction of disease resistance and reduction of virus infectivity in C. annuum leaves as indicated by virus concentration was determined by indirect ELISA and local lesion host plant assay. There is a difference in effective concentration of both vitamins which showed different percentage of inhibition with the different concentrations used. When mixing the two vitamins each at its own effective concentration, it was found that there is a synergetic effect on TMV disease reduction. To investigate the defensive enzymes responsible for the induction of resistance, the levels of Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL), Polyphenol Oxidase (PPO) and Peroxidase (POD) were examined by specific enzyme assay for each one and the accumulation of the enzymes was detected 0 to 20 days after treating with the vitamins. Also, the up-regulation and expression of the defense genes POD, PPO, PAL and some of the pathogenesis related proteins, PR4, PR9 and PR10 were studied by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Application of vitamins B1 and B2 significantly increased the activities of some of the pathogenesis related enzymes and genes. The possible correlation between timing of application of elicitors and expression of defensive genes were also studied.