Home CONTACT Acta Virologica 2017 Acta Virologica Vol.61, No.4, p.492-494, 2017

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Acta Virologica Vol.61, No.4, p.492-494, 2017

Title: Tracking the potyviral P1 protein in Nicotiana benthamiana plants during plum pox virus infection

Abstract: The P1 protein is derived from the N terminus of potyvirus-coded polyprotein. In addition to the proteolytic activity essential for its maturation, it probably participates in suppression of host defense and/or in virus replication. Clear validation of the P1 in vivo function(s), however, is not yet available. We applied an infectious cDNA clone of plum pox virus (PPV), where the P1 was N-fused with a hexahistidine tag, to trace this protein in Nicotiana benthamiana plants during the PPV infection. Immunoblot analysis with the anti-his antibody showed a diffuse band corresponding to the molecular weight about 70–80 kDa (about twice larger than expected) in the root samples from early stage of infection. This signal culminated on the sixth day post inoculation, later it rapidly disappeared. Sample denaturation by boiling in SDS before centrifugal clarification was essential, indicating strong affinity of P1-his to some plant compound sedimenting with the tissue and cell debris.

Keywords: potyvirus; his-tag fusion; immunoblotting
Published online: 17-Nov-2017
Year: 2017, Volume: 61, Issue: 4 Page From: 492, Page To: 494

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