Author(s): van Dun CM, Bol JF, Van VlotenDoting L
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Abstract Using the Agrobacterium tumefaciens binary vector system, a chimeric gene consisting of the cauliflower mosaic virus 35 S promoter, alfalfa mosaic virus (AIMV) coat protein (CP) cistron, and the nopaline synthase polyadenylation signal was integrated into the genome of Nicotiana tabacum cv. Samsun NN. In 70\% of the transgenic tobacco plants the chimeric mRNA and its translation product could be detected. CP accumulated to levels up to 0.05\% of the soluble leaf protein. The accumulation was independent of leaf age. The same approach was undertaken for the CP of tobacco rattle virus (TRV). The chimeric gene was integrated in the genome of Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi nc. The results with respect to the accumulation of the chimeric mRNA and TRV CP in leaves of transgenic tobacco plants were comparable to those with AIMV transformed plants. Plants accumulating AIMV CP were highly resistant to infection with AIMV nucleoproteins but could be infected with a mixture of AIMV RNAs 1-4. Moreover, a mixture of AIMV RNAs 1, 2, and 3 was infectious to these plants but not to nontransformed control plants.
This article was published in Virology
and referenced in Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology