Microarray analysis of r-gene-mediated resistance to viruses

Takeaki Ishihara, Yukiyo Sato, Hideki Takahashi

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The complex process for host-plant resistance to viruses is precisely regulated by a number of genes and signaling compounds. Thus, global gene expression analysis can provide a powerful tool to grasp the complex molecular network for resistance to viruses. The procedures for comparative global gene expression profi ling of virus-resistant and control plants by microarray analysis include RNA extraction, cDNA synthesis, cRNA labeling, hybridization, array scanning, and data mining steps. There are several platforms for the microarray analysis. Commercial services for the steps from cDNA synthesis to array scanning are now widely available; however, the data manipulation step is highly dependent on the experimental design and research focus. The protocols presented here are optimized for analyzing global gene expression during the R gene-conferred defense response using commercial oligonucleotide-based arrays. We also demonstrate a technique to screen for differentially expressed genes using Excel software and a simple Internet tool-based data mining approach for characterizing the identifi ed genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-218
Number of pages22
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Cucumber mosaic virus
  • Gene ontology
  • Microarray
  • R gene
  • Transcriptome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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