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International Journal of Plant Genomics
Volume 2007, Article ID 17542, 13 pages
Research Article

Temporal Gene Expression Profiling of the Wheat Leaf Rust Pathosystem Using cDNA Microarray Reveals Differences in Compatible and Incompatible Defence Pathways

1Cereal Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 195 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2M9
2Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, 410 Ag/For Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2P5

Received 29 December 2006; Accepted 20 July 2007

Academic Editor: Patrick Gulick

Copyright © 2007 Bourlaye Fofana et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this study, we detail the construction of a custom cDNA spotted microarray containing 7728 wheat ESTs and the use of the array to identify host genes that are differentially expressed upon challenges with leaf rust fungal pathogens. Wheat cultivar RL6003 (Thatcher Lr1) was inoculated with Puccinia triticina virulence phenotypes BBB (incompatible) or TJB (7-2) (compatible) and sampled at four different time points (3, 6, 12, and 24 hours) after inoculation. Transcript expression levels relative to a mock treatment were measured. One hundred ninety two genes were found to have significantly altered expression between the compatible and incompatible reactions. Among those were genes involved in photosynthesis, the production of reactive oxygen species, ubiquitination, signal transduction, as well as in the shikimate/phenylpropanoid pathway. These data indicate that various metabolic pathways are affected, some of which might be used by RL6003 to mount a coordinated defense against an incompatible fungal pathogen.