Plant Pathol J > Volume 29(3); 2013 > Article
Kim, Park, Kim, Lee, Bang, Hwang, and Seo: RNAseq-based Transcriptome Analysis of Burkholderia glumae Quorum Sensing


Burkholderia glumae causes rice grain rot and sheath rot by producing toxoflavin, the expression of which is regulated by quorum sensing (QS). The QS systems of B. glumae rely on N-octanoyl homoserine lactone, synthesized by TofI and its cognate receptor TofR, to activate the genes for toxoflavin biosynthesis and an IclR-type transcriptional regulator gene, qsmR. To understand genome-wide transcriptional profiling of QS signaling, we employed RNAseq of the wild-type B. glumae BGR1 with QS-defective mutant, BGS2 (BGR1 tofI::Ω) and QS-dependent transcriptional regulator mutant, BGS9 (BGR1 qsmR::Ω). A comparison of gene expression profiling among the wild-type BGR1 and the two mutants before and after QS onset as well as gene ontology (GO) enrichment analysis from differential expressed genes (DEGs) revealed that genes involved in motility were highly enriched in TofI-dependent DEGs, whereas genes for transport and DNA polymerase were highly enriched in QsmR-dependent DEGs. Further, a combination of pathways with these DEGs and phenotype analysis of mutants pointed to a couple of metabolic processes, which are dependent on QS in B. glumae, that were directly or indirectly related with bacterial motility. The consistency of observed bacterial phenotypes with GOs or metabolic pathways in QS-regulated genes implied that integration RNAseq with GO enrichment or pathways would be useful to study bacterial physiology and phenotypes.

The bacterium Burkholderia glumae is a causative agent of rice grain rot and bacterial wilt on various field crops including pepper, tomato, and eggplant (Kim et al., 2010; Nandakumar et al., 2009). The occurrence and disease damages due to B. glumae become a serious problem in many rice-growing countries at the flowering stages in high humid and high temperature conditions. Although the development of resistance varieties or chemical treatments to reduce the damage caused by B. glumae is in progress, several virulence factors have been identified. B. glumae produces toxoflavin, a host-nonspecific phytotoxin, which is a very effective electron carrier and generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as hydrogen peroxide and acts as a major virulence factor for B. glumae in rice (Sato et al., 1989). Interestingly, B. glumae cells can develop a system to detoxify ROS generated by either toxoflavin or host defense at the infection sites. Recently, B. glumae KatG was demonstrated to function as a catalase both to detoxify oxidative stress as well to function as a virulence factor (Chun et al., 2009). Bacterial motility driven by flagella and lipase production is necessary for the pathogenicity of B. glumae (Devescovi et al., 2007; Kim et al., 2007). All these virulence factors mentioned above are regulated by cell-density-dependent manner of quorum sensing (QS).
Bacterial QS is a cell-to-cell communication using chemical signals to monitor bacterial environment and regulate many bacterial behaviors. The most well-known chemical signals are N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs). In AHL QS system, the regulatory circuit is made up of a signal producer named the LuxI and a cognate receptor-regulatory protein designated as LuxR (Fuqua et al., 1994). Bacterial cells secrete and respond to AHL as an autoinducer to sense and respond to events, leading to cell division, production of toxin and biofilm, and controlling of bacterial colonization and pathogenesis in the host.
Using a TofI-TofR circuit in QS, B. glumae QS performs its action. TofI, a LuxI-family protein, synthesizes the autoinducer, which is recognized by TofR, a LuxR-family protein. TofR-C8-HSL triggers downstream events of QS in B. glumae. For example, TofR-C8-HSL activates the expression of an IclR-type transcriptional regulator gene, qsmR, which is a master regulator, and then QsmR activates the downstream regulator for flagellar gene expression. The biosynthesis of toxoflavin is tightly regulated by QS through activation of the expression of the toxABCDE gene cluster for toxoflavin biosynthesis and toxFGHI gene cluster for its transport (Kim et al., 2009). B. glumae KatG-mediated detoxifying ROS produced either by toxoflvin or cellular stress response is also regulated by QS.
To understand genome-wide transcriptional profiling of QS signaling, we employed RNAseq of the wild-type B. glumae BGR1 with QS-defective mutant, BGS2 (BGR1 tofI::Ω) and QS-dependent transcriptional regulator mutant, BGS9 (BGR1 qsmR::Ω). By comparing the gene expression profiling among the wild-type BGR1 and the two mutants before (6 h LB liquid culture) and after (10 h LB liquid culture) the onset of QS, 1133 TofI-dependent and 840 QsmR-dependent genes were identified. Enrichment of gene ontology (GO) revealed the unique and shared signaling cascades between TofI- and QsmR-dependent QS. TofI- or QsmR-dependent genes highly enrich GO biological processes that involve regulation of transcription, response to (oxidative) stress, and transport. GO biological processes that consist of protein secretion and folding are specifically enriched in only QsmR-dependent genes.
Consistent with a previous report (Kim et al., 2007) and observed phenotypes from this study, motility-related genes are positively up-regulated in a QS-dependent manner. Interestingly, motility-related GO terms including flagellum assembly and motility are highly enriched in TofI-dependent genes but not in QsmR-dependent ones, though Qsm-Rdependent flhDC regulation in B. glumae bacterial motility was reported (Kim et al., 2007), suggesting that TofI can regulate motility not only through QsmR-dependent flhDC regulation (Kim et al., 2007) but also through other signaling pathways. This notion was supported by the finding that one of the amino acid degradation pathways, arginine degradation II (AST pathway) and fatty acid β-oxidation I regulated by QS, was indirectly or directly involved in bacterial swarming motility. A combination of QS-regulated genes with GO enrichment and pathway analysis can provide an efficient approach to dissect signaling cascades and phenotype analysis in B. glumae.

Materials and Methods

Bacterial strains.

All B. glumae strains used in this study are derivatives of the wild-type strain BGR1. BGS2 and BGS9 are derivatives of BGR1 tofI::Ω and BGR1 qsmR::Ω, respectively (Kim et al., 2004, 2007).

RNAseq data.

We downloaded RNAseq raw data (GSE36485) previously deposited in gene expression omnibus (GEO) ( The relative transcript abundance was measured in reads per kilobase of exon per million mapped reads (RPKM) (Mortazavi et al., 2008). Log2 ratio of RPKM values were used to identify differential expressed genes.

RNA extraction.

B. glumae BGR1, BGS2 (BGR1 tofI::Ω), and BGS9 (BGR1 qsmR::Ω) were grown in LB medium (Difco) at 37 °C with continuous shaking either for 6 h or 10 h. Total RNA was extracted by the RNeasy Midi Kit (Qiagen, Valencia, CA) following the manufacturer’s protocol. Total RNA was treated with RNase-free DNase (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, USA).

Verification of expression patterns from RNAseq result using quantitative real-time PCR.

To validate expression patterns from RNAseq analysis, cDNA was generated by using SuperScriptTM III First-Strand Kit (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, USA) with random hexamer. DNase-treated total RNA (2-2.5 μg) was used as a starting material to generate cDNA by following the manufacture’s protocol. The synthesized cDNA samples were diluted to 15-20 ng/μl using DEPC-treated water and were measured by Nano Drop 2000 (Thermo scientific, Wilmington, USA). In each reaction, 5 μl of template was used. cDNA templates were mixed with QuantiTect SYBR Green PCR Kit (Qiagen, Valencia, USA) and specific primers as listed in Table 1. Each reaction included initial heating for 10 min at 95 °C, followed by 40 cycles of PCR (95 °C, 10 s; 55-60 °C, 15 s; 72 °C 20 s). The relative transcription levels of the isotigs were calculated using comparative quantification by rotor-gene Q (Qiagen, Valencia, USA). The relative transcription levels were normalized by reference gene and compared with expression levels of RNAseq.

DNA construction and mutagenesis.

General and standard techniques were used for DNA manipulation, cloning, and restriction digestion, and agarose gel electrophoresis (Sambrook et al., 1989). Single crossover recombination was used for mutagenesis of BGR1. For mutagenesis, the part of the astC (bglu_1g10100) was amplified and inserted into pVIK112. To insert the part of the target gene to pVIK112, EcoRI sequence was added to forward primer and KpnI sequence was added to reverse primer; forward primer sequence: 5′-AAAAAGAATTCAACGGCTACAC CAACGA-3′ and reverse primer sequence: 5′-AAGGTAC CCGAAGCCGTCCGAATACT-3′. After PCR and electrophoresis, the amplified fragment, taken from the location of the approximately 200 bp, was cleaved by EcoRI and KpnI, and pVIK112 was also cleaved by EcoRI and KpnI. The digested insert and vector were ligated by ligase an’d transformed into DH5α λpir competent cell. Transformed cells were cultured overnight in kanamycin medium (50 μg/ml). To identify proper ligation, we extracted the plasmid DNA from the cell and performed enzyme-cut and PCR. Properly combined plasmid DNA was transformed into S17-1 λpir and cloned. S17-1 λpir was mated with BGR1 and selected by LB medium containing rifampicin (100 μg/ml) and kanamycin (100 μg/ml). Colonies that grew on the rifampicin and kanamycin plates were collected and confirmed as insertional mutants using PCR with forward primer (5′ ACGTGATGGTGCCGGTGTTC-3′), which is the upstream sequence of target gene, and reverse primer (5′-GGGGATG TGCTGCAAGGCG-3′), which is internal sequence of pVIK112 vector. For pstA (bglu_1g11470) and fadE (bglu_2g06260) mutagenesis, we followed the same procedures as described in astC mutagenesis above. To insert the part of the pstA to pVIK112, EcoRI sequence was added to forward primer and KpnI sequence was added to reverse primer; forward primer sequence: 5′-AAAAAGAATTCG TCTACCTGGCCGAATAC-3′ and reverse primer sequence: 5′-AAGGTACCCAGGTTCAGCATGTTCTC-3′. For confirmation of correct mutant colonies after mutagenesis, we used PCR with forward primer (5′-CAATGCCGTCGCG CTGA-3′) and reverse primer (5′-GGGGATGTGCTGCAA GGCG-3′). In case of fadE mutagenesis, EcoRI sequence was added to forward primer and KpnI sequence was added to reverse primer; forward primer sequence: 5′-AAAAGA ATTCGCACCCAGTTCGGCAAG-3′ and reverse primer sequence: 5′-AAGGTACCTAGTCGGCCAGATAGCCAT AG-3′. For confirmation of correct mutant colonies after mutagenesis, we used PCR with forward primer (5′-TGCG AGATTCCCGAGGAGAA-3′) and reverse primer (5′-GGGGATGTGCTGCAAGGCG-3′).

Gene ontology enrichment.

GO terms were downloaded from VertiGO database of MicrosOnline ( The significance of enrichment for total of GO terms was calculated by Fisher’s exact test, and the obtained p-values were adjusted for multiple hypothesis testing by q-value (Storey and Tibshirani, 2003).

Pathway analysis.

For constructing pathway database, we used python code script and ‘WGET’ program of LINUX operating system. Pathway database was downloaded at the ‘KEGG’: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes ( or Biocyc ( Either pathway was combined with differential expressed genes from RNA-sequencing data.

Swarming (motility) assays.

Swarming assays were performed at 37 °C on LB agar plates that contained 0.5% Bacto agar (Difco). Each strain was incubated at 37 °C for 12-14 h with shaking after inoculated into 2 ml of LB broth and then subcultured at 37 °C for 4-5 h in 2 ml LB broth. To inoculate on LB agar medium for swarming assays, cultured cells of strain were centrifuged, washed twice with fresh LB broth, and resuspended in 100 μl of LB broth. An aliquot (2 μl) of each cell suspension was dropped onto LB agar medium and the assay plates were incubated for 24 h.


Identification of TofI- and QsmR-regulated genes using RNAseq.

To demonstrate global regulatory functions of QS, transcriptional profiling from RNAseq data was analyzed. We compared two QS mutants [BGS2 (BGR1 tofI::Ω) and BGS9 (BGR1 qsmR::Ω)] with wild-type BGR1 before and after the onset of QS. Relative quantification of sequenced RNAs in each RNAseq was measured by reads per kilobase of exon per million mapped reads (RPKM) (Mortazavi et al., 2008). To identify TofI- and QsmRregulated genes, differential expressed genes (DEGs) were selected using twofold changes of log2 ratio of (BGR1/BGS2) and (BGR1/BGS9) RPKM values, respectively, as the criterion. Based on this criterion, 735 TofI- and 442 QsmR-dependent genes were identified. In addition, 398 genes were both TofI- and QsmR-regulated at the transcriptional level (Fig. 1).

Validation of the RNAseq expression patterns by quan-titative real-time PCR (qPCR).

Eight of the QS-regulated genes were randomly selected to validate RNAseq results and qPCR was carried out with gene-specific primers (listed in Table 1). RNA samples extracted from two additional biological replicate sets of cultures were used as templates for qPCR. The values were average of two biological replicates (Fig. 2). According to the results from 24 qPCR sets including the reference gene (blgu_1g13500), the trends of expression patterns of QS-regulated genes from RNAseq analysis were in good accordance with the expression levels by qPCR although the altitude of fold change is different due to sensitivity of each technique (Fig. 2).

Overview of TofI-and QsmR-dependent genes based on GO enrichment analysis implies common and unique functional categories.

Among 735 TofI- and 442 QsmRdependent genes as well as 398 genes that were both TofI- and QsmR-regulated, genes were grouped based on GO of MicrobesOnline ( From GO analysis of TofI- and QsmR-dependent genes, 13 and 8 of 443 GO biological process terms were enriched by q < 0.05 (represented as −log (q) in the bar graph, Fig. 3A and 3B), respectively. Fourteen GO biological process terms were enriched in both TofI/QsmR-dependent genes by q < 0.05 (Fig. 3C). Although a certain GO such as transcription-related biological process was commonly enriched in both TofI- and QsmR-dependent genes, a couple of GO terms were enriched independently. For example, motility-related GO biological processes including flagellar motility, assembly, and organization are highly enriched in TofI-dependent genes. However, GO terms presenting with protein secretion/folding and response to oxidative stress were enriched in QsmR-dependent genes.
In GO molecular function with the same criteria (q < 0.05), 16, 12, and 20 of 993 GO molecular function terms were enriched in TofI-, QsmR-, and TofI/QsmR-dependent genes, respectively. Among the GO terms, motor activity and structural molecular activity in TofI-dependent genes were highly enriched, whereas DNA-directed DNA polymerase activity was highly enriched in QsmR-dependent genes. Further, higher enrichment of GO with cofactor binding and phosphate transmembrane transporter activity was observed in TofI/QsmR-dependent genes.
In GO cellular component with the same criteria (q < 0.05), 6, 3, and 4 of 94 GO terms were enriched in TofI-, QsmR-, and TofI/QsmR-dependent genes, respectively. Among the GO terms, flagellum-related GO was the highest enriched in TofI-dependent genes, whereas intracellular GO was the highest enriched in QsmR-dependent genes. Interestingly, enzyme complexes such as nitrate reductase and acetyl-CoA carboxylase complex were highly enriched in TofI/QsmR-dependent genes.

Characterization and analyses of QS-dependent pathways.

To understand the QS-dependent pathway, we merged pathways into QS-regulated genes from RNAseq analysis. One of major phenotypic defects in B. glumae QS mutants was a swarming motility (Fig. 4A-C). Both BGS2 and BGS9 are defective in motility. Sometimes, BGS9 showed a slight swarming motility, whereas BGS2 exhibited complete defects in motility (data not shown). This leads to the observation that swarming motility was more tightly regulated by TofI rather than QsmR. In addition, TofIdependent genes showed highly enriched GO motility-related terms (Fig. 3). Thus, we further analyzed the genes involved in motility from RNAseq data. Interestingly, all the 35 genes involved in flagellar assembly pathways downloaded from KEGG pathway database were highly up-regulated after QS onset when genes of wild type were compared with those of BGS2 (Table 2 and Fig. 4D) under the criteria of twofold changes. However, only eight genes were highly up-regulated in QsmR-dependent genes after QS onset with the same criteria.
By contrast, genes involved in ribosome pathway were highly down-regulated in a QS-dependent manner. Among the 55 genes downloaded from KEGG pathway, all genes involved in ribosome pathway with a few exceptions were down-regulated from both TofI-and QsmR-dependent RNAseq experiment (Table 3). As regards metabolic pathways, we also observed interesting gene expression patterns in arginine degradation II pathway (AST pathway). All genes involved in AST pathway and several key genes involved in fatty acid β-oxidation I were up-regulated after the onset of QS, whereas these genes were down-regulated before the onset of QS (Table 4 and Table 5). In addition, all genes (pstA, pstB, pstC, and pstS) involved in phosphate transporters were strongly up-regulated in a TofI-dependent manner. One of the interesting observations is that most genes (three out of four) involved in RNA polymerase pathways were only up-regulated by TofI before the onset of QS. In addition, several genes (three out of nine) involved in synthesis and degradation of ketone bodies were only up-regulated by TofI after the onset of QS.

Phenotype analysis of mutants showing QS-dependent gene expression.

Because genes involved in motility are the most tightly and positively regulated among all pathways from this study and as several metabolic pathways were strongly regulated by QS, we performed motility assays of mutants that are involved in QS-dependent pathways such as AST pathway and phosphate transport. We selected each gene, astC (bglu_1g10100) and pstA (bglu_1g11470) corresponding to a key gene in the AST pathway and in phosphate transport, respectively. We did not observe any phenotypic differences between BGR1 and pstA mutant strains. However, the astC mutant showed defects in swarming motility compared with that of wild-type BGR1 (Fig. 5).


Bacteria can communicate in local population densities through QS. Upon reaching a threshold in signal concentration, gene expression levels undergo changes, leading to a diverse range of behaviors. Although QS-dependent phenotypes differ in each bacterium, motility, biofilm formation, toxin production, and virulence are some of the common features in bacteria (Deng et al., 2011; Goo et al., 2010; Jimenez et al., 2012; Labbate et al., 2004; Milton, 2006; Moreira et al., 2010). In B. glumae, QS-dependent phenotypes were demonstrated by several groups and most of them are well-known characteristics in other bacteria such as toxoflavin production, virulence, detoxification of oxidative stress, and motility. In this study, we analyzed the profiling of QS-dependent gene expression using two QS mutants at two different time points (before and after the onset of QS) to understand QS-dependent phenotypes and signaling pathways through a combination of RNAseq-based differential expressed genes (DEGs) with GO enrichment and pathway analyses. Through this approach, we found that QS-regulated genes are not only involved in several metabolic pathways but also our results are consistent with QS-dependent phenotypes such as motility.
In QS-dependent metabolic pathways, we observed a couple of instances of amino acid degradation and changes of carbon catabolism. Particularly, all genes involved in arginine degradation II and phosphate transport were up-regulated after the onset of QS (Table 2 and Table 4). In addition, several key genes involved in fatty acid β-oxidation I were also up-regulated in a QS-dependent manner (Table 5). Thus, QS can induce changes of gene expression in carbon and nitrogen catabolism as well as fatty acid degradation in response to high bacterial density.
Interestingly, all genes in ribosome pathway are down-regulated after the onset of QS, whereas these genes are up-regulated before the onset of QS. Although how these genes involved in ribosome pathway are tightly regulated by QS is not known, it is partly consistent with the observation that QS mutants grow faster than B. glumae BGR1 during culture stages (data not shown). It may be caused by the disruption of recognition in high bacterial density in mutants, whereas the wild-type bacteria can recognize it and modify cell metabolisms to withstand negative effects such as limited food sources and toxic wastes caused by high densities.
For understanding of the putative function of DEGs from RNAseq analysis, we employed GO enrichment instead of simple GO counting. This GO enrichment can provide statistical reliability on the observed GO for differentially expressed genes. TofI-dependent genes exhibited the highest enrichment of motility-related terms in all three GOs. For example, flagellar motility for GO biological process, motor activity for GO molecular function, and flagellum for GO cellular component were the highest enriched in TofIregulated genes. This observation indicates that genes involved in flagellar motility were strongly regulated by TofI, which is consistent with the B. glumae QS-dependent phenotype such as swarming motility. In particular, all genes involved in flagellar assembly and motility were up-regulated 2-fold to 16-fold in a TofI-dependent manner. For common GO between TofI- and QsmR-dependent genes, DNA replication and medication were highly enriched.
As far as QS-dependent phenotypes are concerned, motility-related genes among all the observed pathways are the most tightly regulated by TofI. As a previous report (Kim et al., 2007), QsmR regulated by TofI and subsequently by flhDC was activated by QsmR. FlhDC in turn activated the expression of genes involved in flagellum biosynthesis and motor functions. However, in this study we found that TofI strongly controlled the up-regulation of genes involved in flagellum biosynthesis and motor functions but QsmR did not (Table 2). In addition, swarming motility assays showed complete defects in BGS2, whereas in BGS9 slight swarming defects showed up a few times whenever these two mutants were used as controls for swarming tests of other mutants. This implies that TofI can regulate motility not only in a QsmR-dependent manner but also through unknown regulators or pathways. Thus, the phenotype of BGS2 can exhibit complete defects in motility.
Following reports on the significance of metabolic pathway shifts caused by QS (Goo et al., 2012; Pai et al., 2012), we investigated QS-dependent metabolic pathways by combination of DEGs with pathway analysis from KEGG or Biocyc. We observed three positively regulated pathways including arginine degradation II, phosphate transport, and fatty acid β-oxidation I. To study the relationship between these pathways and QS signaling cascade, mutants for these pathways and assayed mutant phenotypes were generated. Two mutants, astC-mutant-related arginine degradation II and fadE (bglu_2g06260) mutant, involved in fatty acid β-oxidation I showed defects in swarming motility, whereas pstA mutant involved in phosphate transport did not show any phenotypes compared with wild type. The astC mutant exhibited strong defects in swarming motility similar to BGS9 (Fig. 5) and the fadE mutant reduced swarming motility compared with the wild type (data not shown). These mutants may be indirectly related to flagella motility because mutants of key regulators (e.g., flhC and flhD) in flagella motility are observed to change through several metabolic pathways (Kapatral et al., 2004). Thus, we suggest that QS-dependent metabolic pathways can directly or indirectly regulate bacteria motility. Future work is needed to identify relationships between QS-dependent motility and metabolic pathways through in-depth studies of these mutants involved in metabolic pathways.
In conclusion, we observed QS-dependent GO enrichment or pathway including DNA modification in both TofI- and QsmR-dependent genes. The genes involved in flagellar motility and ribosome pathways were up-regulated and down-regulated in a QS-dependent manner, particularly by TofI. The reported phenotypes as well as phenotypic validation from this study were consistent with the QS-dependent pathways and GO enrichments. Integration of GO enrichment or metabolic pathways is useful in application of generated DEGs from B. glumae QS-dependent RNAseq analysis to understand cellular, molecular, and metabolic phenomena before and after the onset of QS.


This work was supported by a 2-year Research Grant of Pusan National University (Y.-S. S.).

Fig. 1.
Unique and common TofI- and QsmR-dependent genes.Differential expressed genes were selected from twofold changes of log2 ratio of wild-type/mutant RPKM values. 735, 442, and 398 are TofI-, QsmR-, and both dependent genes, respectively.
Fig. 2.
Validation of RNAseq-based expression patterns using quantitative RT-PCR (qPCR). The expression patterns of randomly selected genes were analyzed by qPCR to validate RNAseq results. (A) Fold differences of BGR1 to BGS2 before quorum sensing (QS) onset. (B) Fold differences of BGR1 to BGS9 before QS onset. (C) Fold differences of BGR1 to BGS2 after QS onset. (D) Fold differences of BGR1 to BGS9 after QS onset. Each fold difference was calculated by qPCR using comparative quantification method, and log2 ratio of obtained values was compared with log2 ratio of (BGR1/BGS2) and (BGR1/BGS9) RPKM values.
Fig. 3.
Enrichment of gene ontology (GO) biological processes among differential expressed genes (DEGs). (A) TofI-dependent DEGs; (B) QsmR-dependent DEGs; (C) both TofI and QsmRdependent DEGs. The significance of enrichment was calculated by Fisher’s exact test, and the obtained p-values were adjusted for multiple hypothesis testing by q-value (Storey and Tibshirani, 2003). GO biological process terms were enriched by q < 0.05 (represented as -log (q) in the bar graph).
Fig. 4.
Quorum sensing (QS)-dependent motility phenotypes and expression profiling of genes involved in flagellar assembly. (A-C) Swarming motility assays of wild-type BGR1, BGS2, and BGS9, respectively. An aliquot (2 μl) of each cell suspension was added onto LB agar medium and the assay plates were incubated for 24 h. (D) Modified B. glumae flagella assembly downloaded from KEGG and expression profiling of each gene involved in flagella assembly. Each log2 ratio of wild/mutant RPKM value for the flagella assembly gene was transformed to visualize in MeV (MultiExperiment Viewer), which is downloaded from a public website ( 1=log2(BGR1/BGS2) before QS onset, 2=log2(BGR1/BGS9) before QS onset, 3=log2(BGR1/BGS2) after QS onset, and 4=log2(BGR1/BGS9) after QS onset.
Fig. 5.
Arginine degradation II (AST pathway) genes and pheno-type assays of astC mutant in AST pathway. (A) Modified AST pathway downloaded from BioCyc (B, C) Swarming motility assays on wild-type and astC mutant, respectively. An aliquot (2 μl) of each cell suspension was added to LB agar medium and the assay plates were incubated for 24 h.
Table 1.
Primers used for quantitative real-time PCR to validate expression patterns of RNAseq data
Locus ID Gene function Sequence (5′ to 3′)
bglu_1g13500* ATP-dependent Clp protease proteolytic subunit F: TGATCAATCGCGCTGAATTGCTGG
bglu_1g02620 30S ribosomal protein S19 F: GACGCCCATTTGCTGAAGAAGGTT
bglu_1g10680 acylhomoserine lactone dependent transcriptional activator F: TTCACAGCAGGATCAATGCGAAGC
bglu_2g09850 hypothetical protein F: TCATGTCGGAATTCCACCCGTTCA
bglu_2g11090 type VI secretion system effector F: AAGCCGATTACGCTCACGAAGGAA
bglu_2g18750 aldehyde dehydrogenase F: GCCGATCCTCTACGTGCTGAAGTA
bglu_2g18780 transferase F: TACAGCCTGGTCGGCATTCA
bglu_2g11300 acyl-CoA dehydrogenase F: ACATGGTGGCGATGGAGGAAATCT
bglu_2g17540 MutT/nudix family protein F: ACTACGTGCTGATCGCGTTGCTGT

* reference gene

Table 2.
Expression profiling of genes involved in the flagellar assembly pathway in B. glumae before and after quorum sensing (QS) onset
Locus ID Gene name Before QS onset
After QS onset
log2 (R1/S2)1 log2 (R1/S9)2 Log2 (R1/S9) log2 (R1/S9)
bglu_1g00170 fliR 0.9 0.2 1.4 −0.1
bglu_1g00180 fliQ 1.7 0.6 2.3 1.4
bglu_1g00190 flip 1.5 0.9 1.9 1
bglu_1g00200 fliO 1.2 0.6 2.3 0.8
bglu_2g13030 fliC 0.6 0.1 2.3 1.4
bglu_1g33530 fliG 1.0 0.4 1.6 0.6
bglu_1g00220 fliM 2.1 0.9 2.7 1.0
bglu_1g00210 fliN 1.4 0.6 2.3 1.1
bglu_1g01790 flhC 1.0 0.3 1.3 0.2
bglu_1g01780 flhD 1.4 0.6 1.4 0.2
bglu_1g01700 fliD 0.6 0.3 1.8 0.5
bglu_1g01940 flhB 1.6 0.9 2.5 0.6
bglu_1g01950 flhA 2 1.1 2.2 0.7
bglu_1g01970 flhG 1.8 0.8 3.3 0.9
bglu_1g33060 flgL 0.7 0.1 1.8 0
bglu_1g33070 flgK 0.9 0.3 1.7 0.3
bglu_1g33100 flgI 1.5 0.6 2.5 0.6
bglu_1g33110 flgH 1.8 0.7 3 0.7
bglu_1g33120 flgG 1.9 0.8 3 0.5
bglu_1g33130 flgF 2 0.8 3.4 0.7
bglu_1g33140 flgE 1.7 0.9 3.3 0.8
bglu_1g33150 flgD 2.2 1.1 3.4 0.8
bglu_1g33160 flgC 2.2 1 3.6 1.1
bglu_1g33170 flgB 2.1 0.9 3.4 1.2
bglu_1g33180 flag 1.8 0.8 4 1.1
bglu_1g33190 flgM 0.3 0.1 1.3 0.4
bglu_1g33200 flgN 0.2 0.3 1.1 0.2
bglu_1g33490 flit 0.8 0.2 2.1 0.7
bglu_1g33500 fliS 1 0.4 1.2 0.7
bglu_1g33510 fliE 1.6 0.9 1.9 1
bglu_1g33520 fliF 0.7 0.4 1.5 0.6
bglu_1g33540 fliH 1.1 0.6 2 0.9
bglu_1g33550 fliI 1.1 0.7 1.6 0.6
bglu_1g33560 fliJ 1.3 1 2.5 0.8
bglu_1g33570 fliK 0.5 −0.1 2 0.8

1 log2(R1/S2) = log2(BGR1/BGS2)

2 log2(R1/S9) = log2(BGR1/BGS9)

Table 3.
Expression profiling of genes involved the in ribosome pathway in B. glumae before and after quorum sensing (QS) onset
Locus ID Gene name Before QS onset
After QS onset
log2 (R1/S2)1 log2(R1/S9)2 log2(R1/S2) log2(R1/S9)
bglu_1g01720 rpsU 0.4 0.3 −1.3 −1.2
bglu_1g02460 rplK 1 0.7 −1.1 −0.9
bglu_1g02470 rplA 0.8 0.4 −1.1 −0.9
bglu_1g02480 rplJ 1.4 0.9 −1.5 −1.2
bglu_1g02490 rplL 1.3 0.7 −1.5 −1.3
bglu_1g02530 rpsL 1.1 0.8 −1.4 −1.4
bglu_1g02540 rpsG 1.1 0.8 −1.3 −1.2
bglu_1g02570 rps 1.2 0.9 −1.3 −1.4
bglu_1g02580 rplC 1.1 0.8 −1.7 −1.6
bglu_1g02590 rplD 1.3 0.9 −1.7 −1.8
bglu_1g02600 rplW 1.4 1.1 −1.6 −1.6
bglu_1g02610 rplB 1.3 0.9 −1.5 −1.5
bglu_1g02620 rpsS 1.5 1 −1 −1.
bglu_1g02630 rplV 1.4 0.9 −1.6 −1.5
bglu_1g02640 rpsC 1.4 1 −1.6 −1.3
bglu_1g02650 rplP 1.5 1.1 −1.5 −1.3
bglu_1g02660 rpm 1.4 1 −1.7 −1.4
bglu_1g02670 rpsQ 1.3 0.9 −1.4 −1.3
bglu_1g0268 rplN 1.3 0.9 −1.7 −1.9
bglu_1g02690 rplX 1.1 0.8 −1.5 −1.7
bglu_1g02700 rplE 1.2 0.8 −1.4 −1.7
bglu_1g02710 rpsN 1.4 1 −1.6 −1.7
bglu_1g02720 rpsH 1.2 0.8 −1.6 −1.7
bglu_1g02730 rplF 1.4 0.9 −1.4 −1.5
bglu_1g02740 rplR 1.3 0.8 −1.3 −1.5
bglu_1g02750 rpsE 1.2 0.8 −1.2 −1.2
bglu_1g02760 rpm 1.3 0.7 −1. −1
bglu_1g02770 rplO 1.2 0.6 −1.3 −1.3
bglu_1g02800 rpmJ 1.3 1 −1.3 −1.4
bglu_1g02810 rpsM 1.1 0.7 −1.4 −1.4
bglu_1g02820 rpsK 1.1 0.8 −1.3 −1.2
bglu_1g02830 rpsD 1.1 0.7 −1 −1.2
bglu_1g02850 rplQ 0.8 0.4 −1.3 −1.3
bglu_1g04830 rplU 1.1 0.8 −1.3 −0.9
bglu_1g04840 rpm 1 0 7 −1 −0.9
bglu_1g05690 rplM 1.3 1 −1.8 −1.4
bglu_1g05700 rpsI 1 0 7 −1.4 −1.4
bglu_1g08800 rpsA 0.7 0.5 −1.1 −1.2
bglu_1g09030 rpsP 0.6 0.4 −1.4 −0.9
bglu_1g09060 rplS 0.7 0.6 −1.4 −1.1
bglu_1g09480 rpmF 0.4 0.5 −1 −0.6
bglu_1g12720 rpsB 1.2 0.8 −1.3 −1.3
bglu_1g13940 rpsF 1 0.6 −1.1 −0.9
bglu_1g13960 rpsR 1 0.6 −1.1 −1.
bglu_1g13970 rplI 0.8 0.5 −0.9 −1.1
bglu_1g14290 rpmE2 0.8 0.6 −2 −1.4
bglu_1g18160 rpsU −1 −1.5 −0.2 −0.5
bglu_1g21490 rplT 1 0.8 −1.4 −1.1
bglu_1g21500 rpmI 1.3 0.9 −1.3 −1.2
bglu_1g25990 rpsO 0.6 0.5 −1.5 −1.6
bglu_1g28680 rpmB 0.7 0.6 −1. −1
bglu_1g28690 rpmG 0.5 0.4 −1.5 −1.1
bglu_1g29160 rpsT 0.9 0.8 −1.8 −1.4
bglu_1g31330 rplY 1.1 0.7 −0.8 −0.9
bglu_2g15900 rpsU 0.5 0 −1.5 −1.1

1 log2(R1/S2) = log2(BGR1/BGS2)

2 log2(R1/S9) = log2(BGR1/BGS9)

Table 4.
Expression profiling of genes involved in the arginine degradation II pathway in B. glumae before and after quorum sensing (QS) onset
Locus ID Gene name Before QS onset
After QS onset
log2 (R1/S2)1 log2 (R1/S9)2 log2(R1/S2) log2(R1/S9)
bglu_1g10100 argD/astC −1.2 −0.9 0.9 0.8
bglu_1g10110 astA −1.1 −0.8 0.8 0.9
bglu_1g10120 astA −1 −0.5 0.9 0.9
bglu_1g10130 astD −0.9 −0.6 0.8 0.8
bglu_1g10140 astB −0.9 −0.6 0.6 0.6
bglu_1g10150 astE −1. −0.7 0.8 0.8

1 log2(R1/S2) = log2(BGR1/BGS2)

2 log2(R1/S9) = log2(BGR1/BGS9)

Table 5.
Expression profiling of several key genes involved in the fatty acid β-oxidation I pathway in B. glumae before and after quorum sensing (QS) onset
Locus ID Gene name Before QS onset
After QS onset
log2(R1/S2) log2(R1/S9) log2(R1/S2) log2(R1/S9)
bglu_2g06260 fadE −0.4 −0.6 2.1 1.7
bglu_2g06270 fadD −0.4 −0.6 1.5 0.9
bglu_2g06300 fadB/fadJ −0.7 −0.5 1.6 0.9
bglu_2g06310 fadB −0.4 −0.7 1.3 0.4

1 log2(R1/S2) = log2(BGR1/BGS2)

2 log2(R1/S9) = log2(BGR1/BGS9


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