Different Chitin Synthase Genes Are Required for Various Developmental and Plant Infection Processes in the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae

@inproceedings{Kong2012DifferentCS,
  title={Different Chitin Synthase Genes Are Required for Various Developmental and Plant Infection Processes in the Rice Blast Fungus Magnaporthe oryzae},
  author={Ling-an Kong and Jun Yang and Guo-Tian Li and Lin-Lu Qi and Yu-jun Zhang and Chen-Fang Wang and Wen-Sheng Zhao and Jin-Rong Xu and You-Liang Peng},
  booktitle={PLoS pathogens},
  year={2012}
}
Chitin is a major component of fungal cell wall and is synthesized by chitin synthases (Chs). Plant pathogenic fungi normally have multiple chitin synthase genes. To determine their roles in development and pathogenesis, we functionally characterized all seven CHS genes in Magnaporthe oryzae. Three of them, CHS1, CHS6, and CHS7, were found to be important for plant infection. While the chs6 mutant was non-pathogenic, the chs1 and chs7 mutants were significantly reduced in virulence. CHS1 plays… CONTINUE READING

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