Bulked segregant transcriptome analysis in pea identifies key expression markers for resistance to Peyronellaea pinodes

Sci Rep. 2022 Oct 28;12(1):18159. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-22621-2.


Peyronellaea pinodes is a devastating pathogen of pea crop. Quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with resistance have been identified, as well as genes differentially expressed between resistant and susceptible pea lines. The key question is which of these many genes located into these QTLs, or differentially expressed, are the key genes that distinguish resistant from susceptible plants and could be used as markers. To identify these key genes, in the present study we applied MACE (Massive Analysis of cDNA Ends) -Seq to a whole Recombinant Inbred Line population segregating for resistance to this disease and their parental lines and identified those genes which expression was more correlated with the level of resistance. We also compared gene expression profiles between the most resistant and the most susceptible families of the RIL population. A total of 6780 transcripts were differentially expressed between the parental lines after inoculation. Of them, 803 showed the same expression pattern in the bulks formed by the most resistant and most susceptible RIL families. These genes, showing a consistent expression pattern, could be used as expression markers to distinguish resistant from susceptible plants. The analysis of these genes also discovered the crucial mechanisms acting against P. pinodes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ascomycota* / genetics
  • Disease Resistance / genetics
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Pisum sativum* / genetics
  • Plant Diseases / genetics
  • Transcriptome

Supplementary concepts

  • Didymella pinodes