Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 242–247 | Cite as

Proteinaceous crystals in cells of virus infected plants

  • J. Brčák
  • Z. Polák
  • O. Králík


Crystal-containing organelles in cells of virus infected plants lying at chloroplasts and mitochondria are identical with single membrane-bound microbodies containing crystals of catalase described in healthy plants. Massive complex inclusions caused by turnip mosaic virus very frequently contain the same microbodies with crystal inclusions; that phenomenon may be related to some pathophysiological changes of virus infected plants. Comparable proteinaceous crystals, but not lying within microbodies limited by a membrane, may also be found in cytoplasm of infected cells. These crystals are sometimes surrounded by a substance resembling the microbody matrix. Disintegrated cytoplasm of virus infected cells may also contain the same crystals lying free in “empty spaces”. Cytopathological effects responsible for this phenomenon and possible artifacts as well are discussed.


Mosaic Virus Tobacco Mosaic Virus Crystalline Inclusion Virus Infected Plant Bean Yellow Mosaic Virus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Brčák
    • 1
  • Z. Polák
    • 1
  • O. Králík
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Experimental BotanyCzechoslovak Academy of SciencesPraha 6Czechoslovakia

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