Priming agents of plant defence stimulate the accumulation of mono- and di-acylated quinic acids in cultured tobacco cells

Msizi I. Mhlongo, Lizelle A. Piater, Paul A. Steenkamp, Ntakadzeni E. Madala, Ian A. Dubery

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Abstract

Plants rely solely on innate immunity for defence against pathogen attack. The specific determinants of different stresses are not recalled, but plants are able to launch a strong defence response subsequent to being pre-sensitized. In the current study, microbe-associated molecular pattern molecules, namely lipopolysaccharides, flagellin-22 and chitosan, and two chemical-based resistance inducers, acibenzolar-S-methyl and isonitrosoacetophenone, were used to trigger a primed state in Nicotiana tabacum cells. With the aid of UHPLC-qTOF-MS/MS in combination with multivariate data models, the primed response triggered by these agents was studied using a metabolite fingerprinting approach. These structurally and functionally diverse priming agents were all found to trigger the accumulation of a group of chlorogenic acids, including mono-acylated and di-acylated caffeoylquinic acids (3-CQA, 5-CQA, 3,4-diCQA and 4,5-diCQA). A new role for chlorogenic acids as dynamic role players in priming of plants is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-66
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
Volume88
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Chlorogenic acid
  • Metabolomics
  • Phytoalexins
  • Phytoanticipins
  • Plant defence
  • Secondary metabolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science

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