Details of DPV and References

DPV NO: 171 September 1977

Family: Tymoviridae
Genus: Tymovirus
Species: Clitoria yellow vein virus | Acronym: CYVV

Clitoria yellow vein virus

K. R. Bock Ministry of Overseas Development, Crop Virology Project, EAAFRO P.O. Box 30148, Nairobi, Kenya

E. J. Guthrie Ministry of Overseas Development, Crop Virology Project, EAAFRO P.O. Box 30148, Nairobi, Kenya



Described by Bock, Guthrie & Meredith (1977).

An RNA-containing virus with isometric particles c. 28 nm in diameter which sediment as two components. It is readily transmitted by inoculation of sap and infects many species in the Papilionaceae, commonly causing a distinctive vein yellowing. Vector not known. Occurs in Kenya.

Main Diseases

Causes a vein-yellowing disease in Clitoria ternatea (Fig. 1) and a dark green mottle in Abrus precatorius (Bock et al., 1977).

Geographical Distribution

Recorded only from south-eastern (coastal) districts of Kenya, but probably occurs more widely.

Host Range and Symptomatology

Readily transmitted by inoculation of sap to very many species in the Papilionaceae and also to species in the Caesalpiniaceae, Malvaceae and Solanaceae. Commonly causes a distinctive yellowing of secondary and smaller leaf veins. Susceptible genera occur in a wide range of tribes of the Papilionaceae including Abrus (Abreae); Tephrosia (Tephrosieae); Cyamopsis, Indigofera (Indigoferae); Arachis, Stylosanthes (Stylosantheae); Desmodium (Desmodieae); Cajanus, Calopogonium, Canavalia, Centrosema, Cicer, Clitoria, Glycine, Kennedya, Macroptilium, Mucuna, Phaseolus, Vigna, Voandzeia (Phaseoleae); Crotalaria (Genisteae); Medicago, Trifolium, Trigonella (Trifoleae); Hymenocarpus, Securigera (Loteae); Coronilla (Coronilleae); Astragalus (Galegeae); Pisum, Vicia (Vicieae); Hedysarum (Hedysareae) (Bock et al., 1977, and K. R. Bock & E. J. Guthrie, unpublished data).

Diagnostic species

Clitoria ternatea (butterfly bean, Kordofan pea). Persistent systemic yellow vein chlorosis (Fig. 1).

Phaseolus vulgaris (French bean) cv. Long Tom. Chlorotic local lesions in 6 to 7 days; systemic yellow vein net confined to veinlets in 10 to 11 days (Fig. 2).

Nicotiana clevelandii. Persistent systemic whitish vein net in 6 to 7 days (Fig. 3).

Glycine max (soybean). Systemic yellow vein chlorosis (Fig. 4).

Bauhinia purpurea. Systemic yellow vein chlorosis (Fig. 5).

Propagation species

Bauhinia purpurea is a satisfactory host for maintaining isolates. Nicotiana clevelandii is a good source for virus purification.

Assay species

Phaseolus vulgaris (cvs. Long Tom or Premier) is useful for virus assay but no entirely satisfactory local-lesion host is known.


No evidence of strains. Isolates from Clitoria ternatea and Abrus precatorius are indistinguishable serologically or by host plant reaction.

Transmission by Vectors

No information.

Transmission through Seed

Not seed-borne in Glycine max, Phaseolus vulgaris, Vigna radiata or V. unguiculata.

Transmission by Dodder

No information.


Strongly immunogenic in rabbits. Antisera with titres of 1/512-1/1024 in gel diffusion tests have been prepared.


The virus belongs to the tymovirus group. In agar gel double-diffusion tests the virus reacts with antisera to only four members of the group: it is closely related serologically to cacao yellow mosaic and kennedya yellow mosaic, and more distantly related to desmodium yellow mottle and okra mosaic viruses (Bock et al., 1977). The interrelationships among these five viruses can be expressed diagrammatically as a ‘loop’ structure (Koenig, 1976). Clitoria yellow vein virus has many properties typical of the group including particle morphology, sedimentation behaviour, molecular weight of the coat polypeptide, high nucleic acid content, high thermal inactivation point and high concentration in host plants.

Stability in Sap

In N. clevelandii sap, the dilution end-point is about 10-8, the thermal inactivation point about 72°C, and infectivity is retained for about 3 weeks at 18-20°C.


(Bock et al., 1977). Homogenise infected N. clevelandii leaves in 0.1 M sodium borate buffer containing 0.001 M ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid and 1% 2-mercaptoethanol, pH 8.5 (2 ml/g tissue). Clarify with an equal volume of a 1:1 mixture of n-butanol and chloroform; concentrate the virus by two or three cycles of differential centrifugation, resuspending pellets in 0.01 M phosphate buffer (pH 7.3). Further purification and separation of top and bottom components may be achieved by sucrose density gradient centrifugation.

Properties of Particles

As with other tymoviruses, there are two classes of particles of similar diameter which sediment as two components in the ultracentrifuge (Fig. 6) and in sucrose density gradient centrifugation. The top component (T) consists of protein shells without nucleic acid, the bottom component (B) contains infective nucleoprotein particles.

Sedimentation coefficient, (s20, w) (svedbergs): 50(T) and 109(B) at infinite dilution.

A260/A280: 1.69(B).

Amax/Amin: 1.46(B).

Particle Structure

Particles are isometric, c. 28 nm in diameter (Fig. 7); T component particles are penetrated by 2% sodium phosphotungstate, whereas B component particles are not.

Particle Composition

Nucleic acid: probably RNA, single-stranded, about 37% of particle weight (estimated according to Reichmann, 1965).

Protein: M. Wt c. 20,000 by SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

Relations with Cells and Tissues

No information.


Clitoria yellow vein virus may be distinguished from two other African tymoviruses, cacao yellow mosaic and okra mosaic, by its inability to infect species of Cucurbitaceae and Chenopodiaceae. With the possible exception of cacao yellow mosaic virus, it is readily distinguishable from all other tymoviruses by double-diffusion serological tests in agar gel.


References list for DPV: Clitoria yellow vein virus (171)

  1. Bock, Guthrie & Meredith, Ann. appl. Biol. 85: 97, 1977.
  2. Koenig, Virology 72: 1, 1976.
  3. Reichmann, Virology 25: 166, 1965.