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Cell-to-Cell Movement of Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus: I. Heterologous Complementation Experiments Provide Evidence for Specific Interactions Among the Triple Gene Block Proteins

July 1998 , Volume 11 , Number  7
Pages  618 - 625

Emmanuelle Lauber , 1 Claudine Bleykasten-Grosshans , 2 M. Erhardt , 1 S. Bouzoubaa , 1 G. Jonard , 1 K. E. Richards , 1 and H. Guilley 1

1Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes du CNRS et de l'Université Louis Pasteur, 12 rue du Général Zimmer, 67084 Strasbourg Cedex, France; and 2Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génètique, Strasbourg, France

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Accepted 6 March 1998.

Cell-to-cell movement of beet necrotic yellow vein virus (BNYVV) requires three proteins encoded by a triple gene block (TGB) on viral RNA 2. A BNYVV RNA 3-derived replicon was used to express movement proteins of other viruses and the ability of these proteins to functionally substitute for the BNYVV TGB proteins was tested by coinoculation of TGB-defective BNYVV with the various replicons to Chenopodium quinoa. Trans-heterocomplementation was successful with the movement protein (P30) of tobacco mosaic virus but not with the tubule-forming movement proteins of alfalfa mosaic virus and grapevine fanleaf virus. Trans-complementation of BNYVV movement was also observed when all three TGB proteins of the distantly related peanut clump virus were supplied together but not when they were substituted for their BNYVV counterparts one by one. When P30 was used to drive BNYVV movement in trans, accumulation of the first TGB protein of BNYVV was adversely affected by null mutations in the second and third TGB proteins. Taken together, these results suggest that highly specific interactions among cognate TGB proteins are important for their function and/or stability in planta.

Additional keywords: benyvirus, furovirus, plant virus.

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