Redox-active pyocyanin secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7NSK2 triggers systemic resistance to Magnaporthe grisea but enhances Rhizoctonia solani susceptibility in rice

Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2006 Dec;19(12):1406-19. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-19-1406.


Pseudomonas aeruginosa 7NSK2 induces resistance in dicots through a synergistic interaction of the phenazine pyocyanin and the salicylic acid-derivative pyochelin. Root inoculation of the monocot model rice with 7NSK2 partially protected leaves against blast disease (Magnaporthe grisea) but failed to consistently reduce sheath blight (Rhizoctonia solani). Only mutations interfering with pyocyanin production led to a significant decrease in induced systemic resistance (ISR) to M. grisea, and in trans complementation for pyocyanin production restored the ability to elicit ISR. Intriguingly, pyocyanin-deficient mutants, unlike the wild type, triggered ISR against R. solani. Hence, bacterial pyocyanin plays a differential role in 7NSK2-mediated ISR in rice. Application of purified pyocyanin to hydroponically grown rice seedlings increased H202 levels locally on the root surface as well as a biphasic H202 generation pattern in distal leaves. Co-application of pyocyanin and the antioxidant sodium ascorbate alleviated the opposite effects of pyocyanin on rice blast and sheath blight development, suggesting that the differential effectiveness of pyocyanin with respect to 7NSK2-triggered ISR is mediated by transiently elevated H202 levels in planta. The cumulative results suggest that reactive oxygen species act as a double-edged sword in the interaction of rice with the hemibiotroph M. grisea and the necrotroph R. solani.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Ascorbic Acid / pharmacology
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / metabolism
  • Immunity, Innate
  • Magnaporthe / physiology*
  • Mutation
  • Oryza / drug effects
  • Oryza / microbiology*
  • Oryza / physiology
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Plant Roots / drug effects
  • Plant Roots / microbiology
  • Plant Roots / physiology
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / metabolism*
  • Pyocyanine / metabolism*
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Rhizoctonia / physiology*


  • Antioxidants
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Pyocyanine
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ascorbic Acid