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Effects of Disruption of Five FUM Genes on Fumonisin Biosynthesis and Pathogenicity in Fusarium proliferatum

State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology, China National Rice Research Institute, Hangzhou 310006, China
College of Agronomy, Guangxi University, Nanning 530003, China
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Toxins 2019, 11(6), 327;
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 6 June 2019 / Accepted: 6 June 2019 / Published: 7 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Mycotoxins)
The mycotoxin fumonisin is known to be harmful to humans and animals, and thus it is desirable to reduce fumonisin content in crop products. We explored the functions of several genes that function in fumonisin biosynthesis (FUM1, FUM6, FUM8, FUM19, and FUM21) in Fusarium proliferatum and found that deletion of FUM1, FUM6, FUM8, or FUM21 results in a severe reduction in fumonisin biosynthesis, while loss of FUM19 does not. In addition, fumonisin-deficient strains display significantly decreased pathogenicity. Co-cultivation of the ΔFUM1, ΔFUM6, ΔFUM8, and ΔFUM19 mutants restores fumonisin synthesis. However, co-cultivation was unable to restore fumonisin synthesis in the ΔFUM21 strain. The relative expression levels of three key FUM genes (FUM1, FUM6, and FUM8) differed significantly in each mutant strain; notably, the expression levels of these three genes were significantly down-regulated in the ΔFUM21 strain. Taken together, our results demonstrate that FUM1, FUM6, FUM8, and FUM21 are essential for fumonisin synthesis, and FUM19 is non-essential. Partial mutants lost the ability to synthesize fumonisin, the co-culture of the mutants was able to restore fumonisin biosynthesis. While the pathogenicity of F. proliferatum is affected by many factors, inhibition of the synthesis of the mycotoxin fumonisin will weaken the pathogenicity of rice spikelet rot disease (RSRD). View Full-Text
Keywords: Fusarium proliferatum; FUM; fumonisin; pathogenicity Fusarium proliferatum; FUM; fumonisin; pathogenicity
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Sun, L.; Chen, X.; Gao, J.; Zhao, Y.; Liu, L.; Hou, Y.; Wang, L.; Huang, S. Effects of Disruption of Five FUM Genes on Fumonisin Biosynthesis and Pathogenicity in Fusarium proliferatum. Toxins 2019, 11, 327.

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