NaMYB8 regulates distinct, optimally distributed herbivore defense traits.


When herbivores attack, plants specifically reconfigure their metabolism. Herbivory on the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata strongly induces the R2R3 MYB transcriptional activator MYB8, which was reported to specifically regulate the accumulation of phenolamides (PAs). We discovered that transcriptional regulation of trypsin protease inhibitors (TPIs) and a threonine deaminase (TD) also depend on MYB8 expression. Induced distributions of PAs, TD and TPIs all meet predictions of optimal defense theory: their leaf concentrations increase with the fitness value and the probability of attack of the tissue. Therefore, we suggest that these defensive compounds have evolved to be co-regulated by MYB8.


PubMed ID: 28843024

Projects: C2

Journal: J Integr Plant Biol

Citation: J Integr Plant Biol. 2017 Aug 26. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12593.

Date Published: 27th Aug 2017

Authors: Martin Schäfer, C. Brutting, S. Xu, Z. Ling, A. Steppuhn, Ian T. Baldwin, Meredith Schuman

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Created: 23rd Nov 2017 at 09:09

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