Rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing bacterial symbionts of legumes, represent an agricultural application of primary relevance and a model of plant-microbe molecular dialogues. We recently described rhizobium proteome alterations induced by plant flavonoids using iTRAQ. Herein, we further extend that experimentation, proving that the transient elevation in cytosolic calcium is a key signaling event necessary for the expression of the nodulation (nod) genes. Ca2+ involvement in nodulation is a novel issue that we recently flagged with genetic and physiological approaches and that hereby we demonstrate also by proteomics. Exploiting the multiple combinations of 4-plex iTRAQ, we analyzed Rhizobium leguminosarum cultures grown with or without the nod gene-inducing plant flavonoid naringenin and in the presence or absence of the extracellular Ca2+ chelator EGTA. We quantified over a thousand proteins, 189 of which significantly altered upon naringenin and/or EGTA stimulation. The expression of NodA, highly induced by naringenin, is strongly reduced when calcium availability is limited by EGTA. This confirms, from a proteomic perspective, that a Ca2+ influx is a necessary early step in flavonoid-mediated legume nodulation by rhizobia. We also observed other proteins affected by the different treatments, whose identities and roles in nodulation and rhizobium physiology are likewise discussed.

Calcium-dependent regulation of genes for plant nodulation in Rhizobium leguminosarum detected by iTRAQ quantitative proteomic analysis

ARRIGONI, GIORGIO;TOLIN, SERENA;MOSCATIELLO, ROBERTO;MASI, ANTONIO;NAVAZIO, LORELLA;SQUARTINI, ANDREA
2013

Abstract

Rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing bacterial symbionts of legumes, represent an agricultural application of primary relevance and a model of plant-microbe molecular dialogues. We recently described rhizobium proteome alterations induced by plant flavonoids using iTRAQ. Herein, we further extend that experimentation, proving that the transient elevation in cytosolic calcium is a key signaling event necessary for the expression of the nodulation (nod) genes. Ca2+ involvement in nodulation is a novel issue that we recently flagged with genetic and physiological approaches and that hereby we demonstrate also by proteomics. Exploiting the multiple combinations of 4-plex iTRAQ, we analyzed Rhizobium leguminosarum cultures grown with or without the nod gene-inducing plant flavonoid naringenin and in the presence or absence of the extracellular Ca2+ chelator EGTA. We quantified over a thousand proteins, 189 of which significantly altered upon naringenin and/or EGTA stimulation. The expression of NodA, highly induced by naringenin, is strongly reduced when calcium availability is limited by EGTA. This confirms, from a proteomic perspective, that a Ca2+ influx is a necessary early step in flavonoid-mediated legume nodulation by rhizobia. We also observed other proteins affected by the different treatments, whose identities and roles in nodulation and rhizobium physiology are likewise discussed.
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