Putative lipoproteins identified by bioinformatic genome analysis of Leifsonia xyli spp xyli, the causative agent of sugarcane ratoon stunting disease

Iain C. Sutcliffe, Matthew I. Hutchings

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Leifsonia xyli ssp. xyli is the causative agent of ratoon stunting disease, a major cause of economic loss in sugarcane crops. Understanding of the biology of this pathogen has been hampered by its fastidious growth characteristics in vitro. However, the recent release of a genome sequence for this organism has allowed significant novel insights. Further to this, we have performed a bioinformatic analysis of the lipoproteins encoded in the L. xyli genome. These analyses suggest that lipoproteins represent c. 2.0% of the L. xyli predicted proteome. Functional analyses suggest that lipoproteins make an important contribution to the physiology of the pathogen and may influence its ability to cause disease in planta.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-128
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Plant Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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