Details of DPV and References
DPV NO: 200 August 1978
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Renate Koenig Biologische Bundesanstalt fur Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Institut für Viruskrankheiten der Pflanzen, Braunschweig, Germany
D.-E. Lesemann Biologische Bundesanstalt fur Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Institut für Viruskrankheiten der Pflanzen, Braunschweig, Germany
- Type Member
- Main Characteristics
- Geographical Distribution
- Transmission by Vectors
- Ecology and Control
- Relations with Cells and Tissues
- Properties of Particles
- Genome Properties
- Defective-Interfering RNA
- Notes on Tentative Members
- Affinities with Other Groups
Type member: potato virus X
Flexuous filamentous particles normally 470-580 nm long and 13 nm in diameter, sedimenting at 114-130 S. Each particle is constructed of c. 1000- 1500 protein subunits of a single protein species (M. Wt 1.8-2.7 x 104) arranged as a helix (pitch 3.3-3.7 nm) enclosing the genome which is a single molecule of single-stranded RNA (M. Wt c. 2.0 x 106) and constitutes 5-7% of the particle weight. The protein of several potexviruses can be partially degraded in situ. Thermal inactivation point 60-80°C, longevity in sap usually several weeks to months, dilution end-point usually 10-5-10-6. Potexviruses cause mosaic or ringspot symptoms in a wide range of monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants; the natural host range of individual viruses, however, is rather limited. Virus particles, frequently in large aggregates, occur in the cytoplasm and occasionally in the nuclei. Transmissible by inoculation of sap, but usually not by vectors or seed. Some potexviruses infecting legumes are transmitted to a small proportion of seed.
Table 1 lists definitive and possible members with some of their properties.
* From Lesemann & Koenig, 1977; updated.
Properties of possible members as compared
with properties of definitive members
A. DEFINITIVE MEMBERS
Cactus virus X (CaVX)
Clover yellow mosaic virus (ClYMV)
Cymbidium mosaic virus (CybMV)
Hydrangea ringspot virus (HyRSV)
Narcissus mosaic virus (NaMV)
Nerine virus X (NeVX)
Papaya mosaic virus (PaMV)
Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV)
Potato virus X (PVX)
Viola mottle virus (VioMV)
White clover mosaic virus (WClMV)
B. POSSIBLE MEMBERS
Artichoke curly dwarf virus
DEP** 10-3-10-4, TIP*** 55°-60°C
Bamboo mosaic virus
TIP 65°-70°C, DEP 10-5-10-7
No serological relationships found to PVX, PaMV or ClYMV
Barley virus B-1
Central canal clearly visible
Cassava common mosaic virus (CCMV)
TIP 65°-70°C, DEP 10-5-10-6
No serological relationship found to PVX
Centrosema mosaic virus
Transmitted by aphids, DEP 10-3, TIP 55°-58°C
Daphne virus X
TIP 80-85°C, DEP 10-5-10-6
No aphid transmission
No serological relationship found to
ClYMV, NaMV, PVX or WClMV
Dioscorea latent virus (DLV)
No aphid transmission, high concentration in host plants
Hippeastrum latent virus
No serological relationships found to PVX, NaMV or WClMV
Malva veinal necrosis virus
No aphid transmission, TIP 70°C
Negro coffee mosaic virus
Transmitted by aphids, particle width 21 nm
Parsley virus 5 (PalV 5)
Serological relationship to PVX
Transmitted by aphids in persistent manner possibly
only in the presence of a helper virus
Parsnip virus 3 (PanV 3)
Serological relationship to PVX
Potato aucuba mosaic virus (PoAMV)
Base composition of RNA similar to PVX
No serological relationships found to other potexviruses;
transmitted by aphids in the presence of a helper virus
Rhododendron necrotic ringspot virus
So far no mechanical transmission achieved
Rhubarb virus I and II
TIP 60°-65°C and 70°-75°C
Wineberry latent virus
DEP 10-4, no serological relationships found to PVX,
HyRSV, NaMV or WClMV
Zygocactus virus (ZyV)
Low concentration in host plants, no serological relationships
found to PVX or CaVX
** DEP = Infectivity dilution end-point in plant sap.
*** TIP = Thermal inactivation point.
(a) Maat, 1976; (b) R.A. C. Jones & R. Koenig, unpublished data; (c) Lisa & Dellavalle, 1977; (d) Morton, 1961; (e) Lin et al., 1977; (f) Pop & Prodan, 1967; (g) Huttinga et al., 1975; (h) Varma et al., 1968; (i) Waterworth et al., 1974; (j) Brölman-Hupkes, 1975; (k) Stone, 1977; (l) Costa & Kitajima, 1970; (m) Verma & Niazi, 1974; (n) Frowd & Tomlinson, 1972; (o) Garrett & Tomlinson, 1966; (p) Coyier et al., 1977; (q) MacLachlan, 1960; (r) Jones, 1977; (s) Casper & Brandes, 1969.
* From Lesemann & Koenig, 1977; updated.
Transmission by Vectors
Most of the definitive potexviruses are not transmitted by vectors. Transmission of PVX by grasshoppers, probably mechanically on the insects mouthparts (Schmutterer, 1961), and by the fungus Synchytrium endobioticum (Nienhaus & Stille, 1965), has been reported. Goth (1962) found a low proportion of aphids transmitting WC1MV. Some possible members are transmitted by aphids, and some of these only in the presence of a helper virus.
Ecology and Control
Potexviruses are usually highly infectious and are spread by mechanical contact, and especially with horticultural or agricultural equipment. Dissemination over wide distances occurs in infected planting material; it is aided by the vegetative propagation of the majority of the natural host plants that are grown commercially. Virus overwintering in weeds may serve as inoculum in some instances.
Relations with Cells and Tissues
The definitive potexviruses induce in host cells relatively large inclusions in the form of fibrous masses composed of virus particles. These inclusions are distributed in many tissues of the host plants and occur also in apical dome cells (Pennazio & Appiano, 1975). With many potexviruses the shape of the inclusions is rather irregular, but in some cases (CaVX and NaMV) specific spindle- or loop-shaped or circular bodies are formed. The inclusions are not separated from the cytoplasm by a membrane, and may contain strands or layers of cytoplasmic material. In well preserved tissues the inclusions often appear banded; the width of the bands corresponds to one or several particle lengths and results from a parallel arrangement of virus particles with the ends aligned more or less in one plane. The pattern of arrangement of virus particles in the inclusions seems to be rather susceptible to disturbing influences during preparation for microscopy (unsuitable suspending medium, unsuitable fixatives, distortion of tissues) (Christie & Edwardson, 1977) so that the banded structure is very often destroyed. The result is that the inclusions appear to consist of large masses of virus particles arranged in a roughly parallel fashion with whorl-like areas where the orientation of particles is changing gradually. Paracrystalline particle arrangements may represent a secondary type of aggregation (Christie & Edwardson, 1977).
Membranous inclusions are induced by several potexviruses. In Vicia faba, C1YMV induces amorphous inclusions which contain viral antigen and are located in the cytoplasm and in the vacuole (Schlegel & Delisle, 1971). PVX induces, in addition to virus particle masses, a unique type of inclusion containing proteinaceous sheets termed laminated inclusion components (LIC) (Shalla & Shepard, 1972). The LIC are antigenically unrelated to the viral coat protein and may or may not bear bead-like structures on both surfaces. The beads are not ribosomes. The LIC seem not to be correlated with virus synthesis because they are detected later than the first synthesized virus (Honda et al., 1975; Allison & Shalla, 1974).
A more detailed review of the relations of potexviruses with cells and tissues is given by Lesemann & Koenig (1977).
Properties of Particles
Rapidly purified particles normally contain a single protein species but in some potexviruses this may easily become partially degraded. In PVX the in situ degradation may occur at the N- as well as the C-terminus of the protein (Koenig et al., 1978). Virus preparations may thus yield several proteins. The M. Wt of undegraded protein is 2.76 x 104 for CybMV (Frowd & Tremaine, 1977), c. 2.6 x 104 for PVX and PoAMV, and between 1.8 and 2.3 x 104 for most other potexviruses. It is not known whether the lower protein M. Wts are the result of a very rapid partial degradation or whether the cistrons for the protein subunits differ in size in different potexviruses.
The protein subunits form a helix with a basic pitch between 3.3 and 3.7 nm. In NaMV and PVX the layer-line spacings determined by X-ray diffraction depend on the water content indicating that the interactions between successive turns of the helix are less strong than in TMV. This may explain why the particles are more flexuous than those of TMV (Tollin et al., 1967).
With PVX the structural integrity of the particles probably depends on ionic bonds between the RNA and the protein subunits because reassembly of the latter into helical arrays has been achieved only in the presence of the RNA (Goodman et al., 1975; Kaftanova et al., 1975). The protein of PaMV, however, will reassemble into helical rods in the absence of its RNA which suggests that protein-protein interactions play a more important role in the stability of this virus (Erickson, Bancroft & Home, 1976). Reassembly products of PVX protein without RNA have a stacked disk structure (Kaftanova et al., 1975; Goodman et al., 1975), whereas NaMV protein in the absence of RNA assembles into rod-like structures with a double helical arrangement (Robinson et al., 1975).
In the native particles the reported number of protein subunits per turn of the helix ranges from 6.8 for NaMV (Tollin et al., 1975) to 10 for PVX (Wilson & Tollin, 1969) and 11 for WC1MV (Varma et al., 1968). With PVX, the helix may have an integral number of subunits (Wilson & Tollin, 1969) or may be repeated every eight turns (Goodman et al., 1975). With NaMV it is repeated every five turns (Tollin et al., 1975).
A central canal has been seen only occasionally in particles of potexviruses (Francki, 1966; Varma et al., 1968). With PVX its diameter has been calculated to be about 3.1 nm (Wilson & Tollin, 1969). In particles of the filamentous Boletus virus a canal is clearly visible (Huttinga et al., 1975).
The genome of potexviruses consists of a single molecule of a single-stranded infective RNA. The RNA of PVX has a base composition of G22; A32; C24; U22. Adenine is also the most common base in all other potexvirus RNA preparations studied so far (Frowd & Tremaine, 1977; Desc. 4, Desv. 41, Desc. 56, Desc. 98). HyRSV RNA, the only one which has been studied after formaldehyde denaturation, has a M. Wt of 2.1 x 106, a Tm of 55.2°C in 0.1 M-sodium phosphate pH 7.0, and a hyperchromicity of 22.4% (Hill et al., 1977). A higher M. Wt is found for the native RNA, presumably because it retains considerable secondary structure. This may explain the higher values found with some of the other potexviruses.
Little is known about the site and the mechanism of the replication of potexviruses. With C1YMV there is an indication that the synthesis of virus RNA is initiated in the nucleus (De Zoeten & Schlegel, 1967).
Definitive potexviruses are serologically interrelated (Fig. 1). Most of these relationships are rather distant. The difference in coat protein M. Wt and the ability of PVX to induce the formation of unique inclusions may be an indication that the group is less homogeneous than originally thought.
Affinities with Other Groups
No close affinities of potexviruses with viruses in other groups are known. It is not known whether the reactivity of antisera to PVX with a potyvirus from Gloriosa reflects a true relationship or a convergence (Koenig & Lesemann, 1974).
Serological relationships in the potexvirus group (updated from Lesemann & Koenig, 1977). Numbers refer to the references listed below. Blank squares indicate that no results of serological tests have been published. Red numbers (on pink background) indicate that serological tests gave positive results at least with some antisera. Grey numbers (on pale blue background) indicate that tests gave negative results; however, because most relationships among potexviruses are rather distant, further tests with different antisera could perhaps yield positive results.
References: (1) Waterworth et al., 1974; (2) Frowd & Tremaine, 1977; (3) Bercks & Brandes, 1961; (4) Koenig & Bercks, 1968; (5) Koenig, 1975; (6) Bercks & Brandes, 1963; (7) Varma et al., 1970; (8) Brandes & Bercks, 1962/63; (9) Maat, 1976; (10) Brandes, 1964; (11) Frowd & Tomlinson, 1972; (12) Garrett & Tomlinson, 1966; (13) De Bokx, 1965; (14) Kitajima & Costa, 1966; (15) Casper & Brandes, 1969; (16) R. Koenig, unpublished data; (17) Lisa & Dellavalle, 1977; (18) Jones & Koenig, unpublished data.
References list for DPV: Potexvirus group (200)
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