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Tobacco Mosaic Virus – a Model for Macromolecular Cell-to-Cell Spread

  • E. WaigmannEmail author
  • M. Curin
  • M. Heinlein
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Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 7)

Abstract

Macromolecular cell-to-cell transport in plants occurs through complex intercellular channels, the plasmodesmata. Plant viruses pirate these natural plant communication channels for their own spread from an infected cell to a neighboring healthy cell. Viral movement proteins are the major agents in promoting this process. Tobacco mosaic virus is the most extensively studied plant virus and can therefore be viewed as a model system for cell-to-cell transport. In this chapter we summarize knowledge about mechanistic properties of the movement protein of Tobacco mosaic virus and discuss the potential involvement of other viral and cellular components in the intercellular transport process.

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Tobacco Mosaic Virus Triple Gene Block Brome Mosaic Virus Apple Chlorotic Leaf Spot Virus Virus Movement Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Department of Medical BiochemistryMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institut Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (IBMP)Strasbourg cedexFrance

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