Capsicum annuum basic transcription factor 3 (CaBtf3) regulates transcription of pathogenesis-related genes during hypersensitive response upon Tobacco mosaic virus infection

Sung Un Huh, Ki Jeong Kim, Kyung Hee Paek

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Hypersensitive response (HR) cell death upon plant virus infection is an excellent plant strategy for inhibiting viral movement and obtaining systemic acquired resistance (SAR) against further infection. Various host factors are involved in these HR processes, either directly as viral resistance proteins or indirectly. We characterized a gene encoding the CaBtf3 [β-nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC) subunit] of NAC from the hot pepper plant. NAC contacts nascent polypeptides to prevent aggregation and degradation of newly synthesized proteins by controlling cotranslational protein folding. CaBtf3 protein fused to green fluorescent protein predominantly localized to the nucleus. Silencing phenotype of CaBtf3 upon the Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV)-P0 inoculation exhibited reduced HR cell death and decreased expression of some HR-associated genes, but increased TMV coat protein levels compared with TRV2 control plants. Furthermore, silencing of NbBtf3, a highly homologous gene of CaBtf3, also led to the reduced Bax- and Pto-mediated cell death. The results indicate that CaBtf3 might be involved in HR cell death and could function as a transcription factor in the nucleus by transcriptional regulation of HR-related gene expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-917
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 13



  • Capsicum annuum basic transcription factor 3 (CaBtf3)
  • Hypersensitive response (HR)
  • Nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC)
  • Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV)-P
  • Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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