Investigation of the transcriptomic and metabolic changes associated with superficial scald physiology impaired by lovastatin and 1-methylcyclopropene in pear fruit (cv. “Blanquilla”)
De Quattro, Concetta
To elucidate the physiology underlying the development of superficial scald in pears, susceptible “Blanquilla” fruit was treated with different compounds that either promoted (ethylene) or repressed (1-methylcyclopropene and lovastatin) the incidence of this disorder after 4 months of cold storage. Our data show that scald was negligible for the fruit treated with 1-methylcyclopropene or lovastatin, but highly manifested in untreated (78% incidence) or ethylene-treated fruit (97% incidence). The comparison between the fruit metabolomic profile and transcriptome evidenced a distinct reprogramming associated with each treatment. In all treated samples, cold storage led to an activation of a cold-acclimation-resistance mechanism, including the biosynthesis of very-long-chain fatty acids, which was especially evident in 1-methylcyclopropane-treated fruit. Among the treatments applied, only 1-methylcyclopropene inhibited ethylene production, hence supporting the involvement of this hormone in the development of scald. However, a common repression effect on the PPO gene combined with higher sorbitol content was found for both lovastatin and 1-methylcyclopropene-treated samples, suggesting also a non-ethylene-mediated process preventing the development of this disorder. The results presented in this work represent a step forward to better understand the physiological mechanisms governing the etiology of superficial scald in pears.
663/664 - Food and nutrition. Enology. Oils. Fat
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Giné-Bordonaba, Jordi, Nicola Busatto, Christian Larrigaudière, Violeta Lindo-García, Gemma Echeverria, Urska Vrhovsek, and Brian Farneti et al. 2020. "Investigation Of The Transcriptomic And Metabolic Changes Associated With Superficial Scald Physiology Impaired By Lovastatin And 1-Methylcyclopropene In Pear Fruit (Cv. “Blanquilla”)". Horticulture Research 7 (1). Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi:10.1038/s41438-020-0272-x.
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MINECO/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/AGL2017-87923-R/ES/CARACTERIZACION VARIETAL DE LA REGULACION BIOQUIMICA DEL ESCALDADO SUPERFICIAL EN PERA/
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