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plant viral receptors

ROBERT COELEN robert at arbo.microbiol.uwa.edu.au
Tue Jul 13 10:50:07 EST 1993

In article <MAILQUEUE-101.930709112659.689 at micro.uct.ac.za> ED at micro.uct.ac.za ("Ed Rybicki") writes:
>From: ED at micro.uct.ac.za ("Ed Rybicki")
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>Yeeeessss....BUT that is cleverly getting around the point that plant
>viruses without membranes (as those with are probably all insect viruses
>which multiply in the vector) do not appear to have receptors at the cell
>surface; they all appear to get into cells as a result of damage to the
>wall and membrane (re: Verduin's work on CCMV), after which event they
>uncoat, probably using ribosomes (TMV and various sphericals).  SO the
>little buggers have evolved towards a lifestyle that makes use of
>transient breaches of cell integrity as a means of entry.  Not very
>elegant, is it?

I think it is rather elegant ! Just think, not to have to worry about making a 
cell receptor and just being able to 'hang' around cells until some vector 
comes along, sucks you up and transmit you to the next host ! The constraints 
placed on animal virus structures dealing with cell entry is substantial. Even 
more so with arboviruses, where receptors have to contend with vertebrate and 
invertebrate host cells. I don't know a lot about plant virus evolution, so 
can someone put me in the picture how conserved surface structure sequence at 
the a.a. level is in plant viruses ?

Kindest regards,

Dr R.J. Coelen                             phone 61 - 9 - 389 3915
Dept of Microbiology                       fax   61 - 9 - 389 2912
University of Western Australia            snail Nedlands, 6009
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