In pears, blue mold decay caused by Penicillium expansum, is a destructive postharvest disease around the world, which leads to stasis of the pear industry and creates huge economic losses. Our previous research work proved that P. expansum mainly secretes cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs) to infect pears. To further understand the molecular basis of P. expansum infection and disease progression, in the present study we have tried to investigate the transcriptome of pears infected with P. expansum. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) identified from the RNA-seq results were clustered into 2 upward trends and 6 downward trends according to their gene expression patterns. Comparison of Gene ontology (GO) terms in downward and upward trend profiles evidenced that the enriched GO terms (included metabolic processes for l-phenylalanine, aromatic amino acid family and ethylene, etc.), found in upward trend profiles were more relevant to pear defense. Moreover, the Kyoto...

You do not currently have access to this content.