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Molecular Diagnosis and Diversity for Regulated Xanthomonas

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Author: Ralf Koebnik
Internal reviewer: Nay C. Dia
Expert reviewer: FIXME

Class: XopB
Family: XopB
Prototype: XopB (Xanthomonas euvesicatoria pv. euvesicatoria, ex Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria; strain 85-10)
RefSeq ID: WP_039417318.1 (515 aa)
3D structure: Unknown

Biological function

How discovered?

XopB was discovered in a cDNA-AFLP screen (Noël et al., 2001).

(Experimental) evidence for being a T3E

A chimeric protein consisting of a C-terminally truncated XopB where the last 52 residues (5 kDa) were replaced by the triple c-myc epitope (5 kDa) was secreted into culture supernatants of a strain with a constitutively active form of hrpG in a type III secretion-dependent manner (Noël et al., 2001). XopB belongs to translocation class B (Schulze et al., 2012). Mutation studies of a putative translocation motif (TrM) showed that the proline/arginine-rich motif is required for efficient type III-dependent secretion and translocation of XopB and determines the dependence of XopB transport on the general T3S chaperone HpaB (Prochaska et al., 2018).


The xopB gene was shown to be expressed in a hrpG- and hrpX-dependent manner (Noël et al., 2001). Presence of a PIP and ‐10 box (TTCGB‐N15 ‐TTCGB‐N30–32 ‐YANNNT) (Schulze et al., 2012).


A deletion of xopB did not affect pathogenicity or bacterial growth in plants (Noël et al., 2001). Later it was found that XopB contributes to disease symptoms and bacterial growth (Schulze et al., 2012; Priller et al., 2016). Infection of susceptible pepper plants with a strain lacking xopB resulted in increased formation of salicylic acid (SA) and expression of pathogenesis-related (PR) genes (Priller et al., 2016). When expressed in yeast, XopB attenuated cell proliferation (Salomon et al., 2011). XopB caused a fast and confluent cell death when transiently expressed in the non-host Nicotiana benthamiana leaves, whereas its expression in host tomato leaves did not result in a visible phenotype, even seven days after agroinfiltration (Salomon et al., 2011). XopB suppresses pathogen‐associated molecular pattern (PAMP)‐triggered plant defense gene expression and inhibits cell death reactions induced by different T3Es, thus suppressing defense responses related to both PAMP‐triggered immunity (PTI) and effector‐triggered immunity (ETI) (Schulze et al., 2012). For instance, XopB inhibited the flg22-triggered burst of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (Priller et al., 2016). Interestingly, a XopB point mutant derivative was defective in the suppression of ETI‐related responses, but still interfered with vesicle trafficking and was only slightly affected with regard to the suppression of defense gene induction, suggesting that XopB‐mediated suppression of PTI and ETI is dependent on different mechanisms that can be functionally separated (Schulze et al., 2012). A deletion of xopB caused a prominent increase in cell wall-bound invertase activity, which might be linked to defense responses because an increase in the apoplastic hexose-to-sucrose ratio has been suggested to strengthen plant defense (Sonnewald et al., 2012). Expression of xopB in Arabidopsis thaliana promoted the growth of the virulent Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 strain, which was paralleled by a decreased salicylic acid (SA)-pool and a lower induction of SA-dependent pathogenicity-related (PR) gene expression (Priller et al., 2016).


XopB localizes to the Golgi apparatus and cytoplasm of the plant cell and interferes with eukaryotic vesicle trafficking (Schulze et al., 2012).

Enzymatic function


Interaction partners



In xanthomonads

Yes (e.g., X. fragariae, X. cynarae pv. gardneri (syn. X. gardneri), X. oryzae, X. vasicola) (Harrison et al., 2014).

In other plant pathogens/symbionts

Yes (e.g., Pseudomonas spp., Ralstonia solanacearum, Acidovorax spp., Pantoea agglomerans) (Schulze et al., 2012).


Harrison J, Studholme DJ (2014). Draft genome sequence of Xanthomonas axonopodis pathovar vasculorum NCPPB 900. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 360: 113-116. DOI: 10.1111/1574-6968.12607

Noël L, Thieme F, Nennstiel D, Bonas U (2001). cDNA-AFLP analysis unravels a genome-wide hrpG-regulon in the plant pathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria. Mol. Microbiol. 41: 1271-1281. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2958.2001.02567.x

Priller JPR, Reid S, Konein P, Dietrich P, Sonnewald S (2016). The Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria type-3 effector XopB inhibits plant defence responses by interfering with ROS production. PLoS One 11: e0159107. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159107

Prochaska H, Thieme S, Daum S, Grau J, Schmidtke C, Hallensleben M, John P, Bacia K, Bonas U (2018). A conserved motif promotes HpaB-regulated export of type III effectors from Xanthomonas. Mol. Plant Pathol. 19: 2473-2487. DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12725

Salomon D, Dar D, Sreeramulu S, Sessa G (2011). Expression of Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria type III effectors in yeast affects cell growth and viability. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 24: 305-314. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-09-10-0196

Schulze S, Kay S, Büttner D, Egler M, Eschen-Lippold L, Hause G, Krüger A, Lee J, Müller O, Scheel D, Szczesny R, Thieme F, Bonas U (2012). Analysis of new type III effectors from Xanthomonas uncovers XopB and XopS as suppressors of plant immunity. New Phytol. 195: 894-911. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04210.x

Sonnewald S, Priller JPR, Schuster J, Glickmann E, Hajirezaei MR, Siebig S, Mudgett MB, Sonnewald U (2012). Regulation of cell wall-bound invertase in pepper leaves by Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria type three effectors. PLoS One 7: e51763. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051763

bacteria/t3e/xopb.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/08 18:19 by rkoebnik