Gibberella zeae chitin synthase genes, GzCHS5 and GzCHS7, are required for hyphal growth, perithecia formation, and pathogenicity

@article{Kim2009GibberellaZC,
  title={Gibberella zeae chitin synthase genes, GzCHS5 and GzCHS7, are required for hyphal growth, perithecia formation, and pathogenicity},
  author={Jung-Eun Kim and Hyo Jin Lee and Jungkwan Lee and Ki Woo Kim and Sung-Hwan Yun and Won-Bo Shim and Yin-Won Lee},
  journal={Current Genetics},
  year={2009},
  volume={55},
  pages={449-459}
}
Gibberella zeae causes Fusarium head blight of cereal crops, and sexual spores of the fungus play an important role as primary inocula. We isolated a restriction enzyme-mediated integration (REMI) transformant, ZH431, of G. zeae with defects in perithecia formation and virulence. Integration of the REMI vector resulted in disruption of GzCHS7 gene, which encodes a putative class VII chitin synthase with high similarity to Fusarium oxysporum ChsVb. A second chitin synthase, GzCHS5, is adjacently… CONTINUE READING