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See detailImaging MS: strategies for the identification of analytes
Debois, Delphine ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel et al

Scientific conference (2014, April 04)

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See detailDevelopment of formulated elicitors to control bioagressors of wheat: which interests?
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

Crop plants are constantly exposed to a wide range of environmental stresses that can cause major productivity loss. Fungicide treatments are the most efficient disease control methods used up to now ... [more ▼]

Crop plants are constantly exposed to a wide range of environmental stresses that can cause major productivity loss. Fungicide treatments are the most efficient disease control methods used up to now. However, the environmental and health issues caused by these chemicals make it urgent to develop safer methods for pathogen control. In the optic of a sustainable agriculture, several biocontrol tools have been developed during the last decades. Elicitors are increasingly subject to research as interesting alternatives to phytosanitary products. Yet, few efficient formulations exist on the market, and no product has been designed specifically to protect wheat crops. This study will thus focus on the the manipulation of host natural defenses through the use of elicitors as a preventive treatment against major wheat diseases such as Septoria tritici, Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium culmorum. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions of a potential plant elicitor mannolipid with plant model membranes
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

The use of chemical pesticides causes problems for human health and environment. In this context, there is an increasing interest for alternative products such as biopesticides. Among them, elicitors act ... [more ▼]

The use of chemical pesticides causes problems for human health and environment. In this context, there is an increasing interest for alternative products such as biopesticides. Among them, elicitors act on the plants by inducing systemic resistance against diseases caused by fungal, viral, bacterial agents and insects. The target of the elicitors is supposed to be the plant plasma membranes (PPM). The main mechanisms of interaction of many elicitors involve proteic receptors but lipid-based elicitors (LBE) may preferably interact with the lipidic fractions of PPM. However there is no detailed information at the molecular level on the PPM-LBE interactions. Our work is focused on a original synthetic LBE composed of a mannoside linked to a myristic acid. It has potential elicitor activities as shown by the assays on tobacco root cells. These activities could be related to its interaction with the lipidic phase of PPM. Since PPM are complex entities, the analyses of the PPM- molecule interactions are quite difficult. In this context, these interactions were carried out using biomimetic membranes of PPM such as Langmuir monolayers and multilayers. The effects of our molecule on these membranar systems were investigated by biophysical and in silico approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailNew alternatives to chemical pesticides: deciphering the action mechanisms of lipid based plant elicitors via complementary biophysical and biological approaches.
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Luzuriaga Loaiza, Walter ULg et al

Poster (2014, February)

Nowadays, many health and environmental problems are caused by the use of chemical pesticides. In this context, an increasing demand for alternative products such as biopesticides has been observed. Among ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, many health and environmental problems are caused by the use of chemical pesticides. In this context, an increasing demand for alternative products such as biopesticides has been observed. Among biopesticides, elicitor molecules which are able to trigger immune defense responses in plants are one of the most promising options. Although numerous elicitors have been discovered, the mechanisms involved in the perception, by plants, of only a few molecules have been identified. These elicitors usually interact with proteic receptors but we have recently shown that they may also act on the lipid phase of the plasma membrane. This project first aims to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in the recognition of specific lipid based elicitors (LBE). On that basis, the FIELD project will contribute to the design and the development of innovative compounds derived natural LBE. A multi-disciplinary approach, based on chemistry, bio-physics, bio-chemistry, and phytopathology will be followed by a consortium of different research groups from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech in close collaboration with teams from foreign institutions. [less ▲]

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See detailTandem MS of -new- antibiotics from Bacillus guided by MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel; Cawoy, Hélène ULg et al

Conference (2013, December 05)

Generally, an antibiotic is thought to have a role in antagonism simply because the producing strain is known to exhibit a potential for pathogen growth inhibition. Some genetic approaches such as PCR ... [more ▼]

Generally, an antibiotic is thought to have a role in antagonism simply because the producing strain is known to exhibit a potential for pathogen growth inhibition. Some genetic approaches such as PCR using specific primers or genome mining using known sequence data of close relatives are also used. Nevertheless, none of these methods allows stating for a link between a specific compound and the observed antagonism. Yet MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) is a powerful tool to decipher the chemical messengers exchanged by two protagonists [1,2,3;]. Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) may be also used, either on extracts [2,3] or directly on the microbial colonies [4]. The presentation will thus be focused on two examples of application of MALDI MSI combined to in situ tandem mass spectrometry. The first presented case will be the antagonism between soilborne strain Paenibacillus polymyxa Pp56 and the fungal phytopathogen Fusarium oxysporum. Using MALDI MSI, we were able to precisely localize each detected antibiotic, allowing discriminating which LI-F lipopeptides (fusaricidin) were really active against the pathogen progression. Besides, the use of in situ MS/MS allowed us to sequence the peptide moiety of several LI-F lipopeptides, showing that some of them are actually a mixture of several forms. The second example concerns the metabolites that are released by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499 cells following their inoculation on 7 days old tomato roots. We developed specific bioassays for time-course monitoring by MALDI MSI. First analyses revealed an efficient secretion of surfactin by Bacillus cells after 3 days when colonization as biofilm-structured populations is well established. Even if the composition of antibiotic mixture does not greatly evolve over time, after long incubation periods (32 or 35 days post inoculation), new series of compounds are detected in the tomato root -surrounding medium. Structural analysis based on exact mass measurements and MS/MS experiments, performed directly on the semi-solid agar medium, allowed us to identify these compounds as new variants of surfactins. [1] Barger, S., et al., Anton Leeuw Int J G, 2012, 102, 435-445. [2] Hoefler, B. C., et al,. Natl Acad Sci USA, 2012, 109, 13082-13087. [3] Moree, W. J., et al., Natl Acad Sci USA, 2012, 109, 13811-13816. [4] Debois, D., et al., J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2013, 24, 1202-1213 [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of fengycin homologues produced by B. amyloliquefaciens (ET) strain isolated from a salt lake (Eastern Algeria)
Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Noreddine, K.C.; Kara Ali, M. et al

Poster (2013, November 15)

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See detailLIPID INTERACTION PROPERTIES OF NOVEL RHAMNOLIPIDS
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

Conference (2013, November)

Biosurfactants which are surface active molecules produced by micro-organisms present a wide structural diversity (glycolipids, lipoaminoacids, lipopeptides, polymers,...) and numerous advantages compared ... [more ▼]

Biosurfactants which are surface active molecules produced by micro-organisms present a wide structural diversity (glycolipids, lipoaminoacids, lipopeptides, polymers,...) and numerous advantages compared to their chemically synthesized counterparts. Among glycolipids, rhamnolipids which are secondary metabolites produced mainly by strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have drawn particular attention as they have several interesting biological properties such as antimicrobial, antiphytoviral, zoosporicidal and plant defense elicitor activities [1-3]. It is generally recognized that these activities must be linked to the interaction of these molecules with constituents of biological membranes [4] but the detailed mechanism is far from being fully understood. In our laboratory, new rhamnolipids with various chain lengths and with or without a terminal carboxylic acid function were obtained via the development of a synthesis procedure consisting of two biocatalyzed steps involving naringinase and lipase [5]. The objective of this work was to investigate their interaction with model membranes in relation with their structure in order to give insight about the mechanism of their biological action. A range of complementary experimental and modelling methods was used to analyze their interaction with membrane models. Results reveal differential interaction with lipids according to the structure of the rhamnolipid. The nature of the lipid is also a key parameter for the ınteractions. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF THE NATURE OF SUGAR RESIDUES ON THE INTERACTIONS OF SYMETRIC SUGAR- BASED BOLAFORMS WITH MODEL MEMBRANES
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2013, November)

Glycolipid surfactants constitute a class of natural compound having interest in biological field such as antifungal, antiviral and plant-elicitor and for pharmaceutical formulation as well as for food ... [more ▼]

Glycolipid surfactants constitute a class of natural compound having interest in biological field such as antifungal, antiviral and plant-elicitor and for pharmaceutical formulation as well as for food and cosmetic field. Their action may be modulated through their interactions with plasma membranes of target cells and more particularly by their interactions with membrane lipid molecules. Among glycolipid surfactants, bolaforms constitute an important class; they are composed of two hydrophilic heads connected by a hydrophobic carbon segment.Their interest lies mainly in the development of the efficient and low cost lipid-based drug delivery systems. In this context, our work was focused on two sugar-based bolaforms. They are composed by two identical hydrophilic head constituted by xylose ( BolaX) or rhamnose ( BolaR), connected by an ether link to a hydrocarbon segment with an insaturation. The interactions of  BolaX and BolaR with model phopsholipid and phospholipid/sterol model membranes (Langmuir monolayers at the air-water interface and multilamellar vesicles) were investigated with biophysical and in silico approaches. Our results indicate that both bolaforms interact with model membranes at the level of hydrocarbon chain and, at the phosphate and the carbonyl group of phospholipids. The presence of sterol in the system has an influence on insertion of bolaforms and change slightly the nature of the interactions. The insertion of BolaR within a phospholipid bilayer was deeper than that of  BolaX and its interactions with phospholipids were energetically more favorable, suggesting an important role of the nature of sugar residue. [less ▲]

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See detailReprogramming of fatty acid and oxylipin synthesis in rhizobacteria-induced systemic resistance in tomato
Mariutto, Martin; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (2013), Online First Articles

The rhizobacterium Pseudomonas putida BTP1 stimulates induced systemic resistance (ISR) in tomato. A previous work showed that the resistance is associated in leaves with the induction of the first enzyme ... [more ▼]

The rhizobacterium Pseudomonas putida BTP1 stimulates induced systemic resistance (ISR) in tomato. A previous work showed that the resistance is associated in leaves with the induction of the first enzyme of the oxylipin pathway, the lipoxygenase (LOX), leading to a faster accumulation of its product, the free 13-hydroperoxy octadecatrienoic acid (13-HPOT), 2 days after Botrytis cinerea inoculation. In the present study, we further investigated the stimulation of the oxylipin pathway: metabolites and enzymes of the pathway were analyzed to understand the fate of the 13-HPOT in ISR. Actually the stimulation began upstream the LOX: free linolenic acid accumulated faster in P. putida BTP1-treated plants than in control. Downstream, the LOX products 13-fatty acid hydroperoxides esterified to galactolipids and phospholipids were more abundant in bacterized plants than in control before infection. These metabolites could constitute a pool that will be used after pathogen attack to produce free fungitoxic metabolites through the action of phospholipase A2, which is enhanced in bacterized plants upon infection. Enzymatic branches which can use as substrate the fatty acid hydroperoxides were differentially regulated in bacterized plants in comparison to control plants, so as to lead to the accumulation of the most fungitoxic compounds against B. cinerea. Our study, which is the first to demonstrate the accumulation of an esterified defense metabolite during rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance, showed that the oxylipin pathway is differentially regulated. It suggests that this allows the plant to prepare to a future infection, and to respond faster and in a more effective way to B. cinerea invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailPlant defense stimulation by natural isolates of Bacillus depends on efficient surfactin production
Cawoy, Hélène ULg; Mariutto, Martin; Henry, Guillaume et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2013)

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See detailMALDI-FTICR MS Imaging as a Powerful Tool to Identify Paenibacillus Antibiotics Involved in the Inhibition of Plant Pathogens
Debois, Delphine ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg; Cawoy, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2013), 24(8), 1202-1213

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, microorganisms are more and more often used as biocontrol agents for crop protection against diseases. Among them, bacteria of Bacillus and Paenibacillus genders are already used as commercial biocontrol agents. Their mode of action is supposed to be related to their production of antibiotics, such as cyclic lipopeptides, which exhibit great antimicrobial activities. We chose to work with a Paenibacillus polymyxa strain (Pp56) very resistant to various microorganisms. The bacteria were grown simultaneously with Fusarium oxysporum and we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (MALDI-FTICR) mass spectrometry to identify the antibiotics compounds present in the fungus growth inhibition area. We, therefore, identified fusaricidins A, B, and C and numerous members of the LI-F antibiotics family. MALDIFTICR mass spectrometry imaging was then used to follow the diffusion of lipopeptides involved in the inhibitory activity over time. We analyzed the molecular content of the inhibitory area at different Pp56 and Fusarium incubation durations and concluded that some lipopeptides such as fusaricidin B and a mixture of LI-F05b/06b/08a were mainly involved in the defense mechanism of Pp56. Our study confirms that MALDI imaging may be a powerful tool to quickly determine which molecular species is involved in an antagonism with another microorganism, avoiding time-consuming steps of extraction, purification, and activity tests, which are still commonly used in microbiology. [less ▲]

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See detailEliciteurs dérivés de rhamnolipides : synthèses, modélisations et activités biologiques
Mayon, Patrick; Ait Barka, Essaid; Baillieul, Fabienne et al

Poster (2013, July 04)

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See detailDevelopment of formulated elicitors to control bioagressors of wheat
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, July)

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See detailDistribution and identification of molecular interactions between tomato roots and bacterial biofilms
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 12)

Some non-pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in ... [more ▼]

Some non-pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in soil (1). To initiate both phenomena leading to biocontrol activity, microorganisms use plant exudates to grow on roots and to produce in-situ active compounds. In Bacilli, cyclic lipopeptides of the surfactin, iturin and fengycin families represent important antibiotics involved in biocontrol (2). Recent studies in microbiology allowed a better understanding of plant microorganism interactions but few has been done at the molecular level. In this study, MALDI MS imaging has been used to study the nature of the secreted lipopeptide molecules, their relative quantity and their distribution in the root’s environment.Disinfected tomato seeds were first germinated at 28°C in sterile conditions for germination. Seedlings were then placed in Petri dish on ITO glass slide recovered with a thin layer of plant nutritive solution containing 1,75% of agar and treated with freshly-grown cells of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499. Petri dishes were incubated at 28°C with a 16h photoperiod. Different growth / incubation durations were studied: 10/3; 13/7; 21/14 and 39/32. For MALDI imaging experiments, the ITO slide was removed from the agar and dried in a dessiccator under vacuum. (HCCA, 5mg/mL in ACN/0.2% TFA 70:30) was used as matrix. UltraFlex II TOF/TOF and Solarix FT-ICR mass spectrometers were used to record molecular cartographies and perform MS/MS experiments for structural analysis purposes. The average mass spectra recorded around the tomato root (2-3 mm on both sides of the root) showed that lipopeptides were major compounds detected on the agar. The relative intensity of lipopeptides families varied with respect to the age of the root/biofilm system. In the 10/3 system, 3 homologues of surfactins were essentially detected (C13, C14 and C15), with very few iturins and fengycins. Their localizations were identical, whatever the considered homologue. Then the production of iturin and fengycin families increases in older systems (13/7 and 21/14) and a novel homologue of surfactin is detected (C12). Some variations in localizations within families may be observed (around the root or at the close vicinity of it in function of the considered homologue or alkali adduct). Then for the oldest system we studied, iturins and fengycins are not detected anymore and the localization of surfactins is less precise. In the 39/32 system, we also detected unknown compounds at 986.6, 1000.6, 1014.7 and 1028.7 m/z. The mass range of these compounds allied to the mass difference between two consecutive ion peaks let us think that these unknown compounds could be a new lipopeptide family. Tandem mass spectrometry experiments, performed on the dried culture medium, allowed to partially sequence these new lipopeptides. MS/MS results allied to exact mass measurements and isotopic pattern simulation give good confidence in the chemical structure we suggest. Nevertheless, to fully identify these new variants of surfactin, micro-extractions followed by (LC)-nano-ESI-MS/MS using a LESA module are in progress. MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging becomes a tool to decipher inter-species molecular communication. [less ▲]

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