- Li D, Wang F, Wang C, Zou L, Wang Z, Chen Q, Niu C, Zhang R, Ling Y, Wang B. (2016) MicroRNA-mediated susceptible poplar gene expression regulation associated with the infection of virulent Melampsora larici-populina. BMC Genomics 17(1), 59.
Rust caused by Melampsora larici-populina is one of the most damaging diseases of poplars. Rust is considered to be a model pathogen for genetic studies because both pathogen and host genomes are available. The poplar â€˜Robustaâ€™, whose general rust resistance is defeated by virulent rust E4, provides suitable host material for studies of the gene regulation involved in rust resistance/susceptibility. In this study, we investigated the microRNA-mediated susceptible poplar gene expression regulation associated with the infection of virulent rust. We were particularly interested in delineating the host-pathogen interactions with a specific focus on microRNAs (miRNAs).