Alphasatellites are non-essential satellite-like components associated with geminiviruses. The precise selective advantage to a geminivirus infection of an alphasatellite remains unclear. The ability of the cotton leaf curl Multan alphasatellite (CLCuMuA)-encoded replication-associated protein (Rep) to suppress TGS was investigated by using Nicotiana benthamiana line 16-TGS (16-TGS) harbouring a transcriptionally silenced green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgene. Inoculation of 16-TGS plants with a recombinant Potato virus X (PVX) vector carrying CLCuMuA Rep resulted in restoration of GFP expression. Northern blot analysis confirmed that the observed GFP fluorescence was associated with GFP mRNA accumulation. Inoculation with PVX vectors harbouring a further six Rep proteins, encoded by genetically distinct alphasatellites, were similarly shown to result in 16-TGS plants with restored GFP expression. These results indicate that the alphasatellite-encoded Rep can restore the expression of a transcriptionally silenced GFP transgene in N. benthamiana, indicating that alphasatellites are involved in overcoming host defence.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1 2019|
- RNA interference
- Transcriptional gene silencing
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases