Tubule-Guided Movement of Plant Viruses

  • Christophe RitzenthalerEmail author
  • Christina Hofmann
Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 7)


Plant viruses move from cell to cell through plasmodesmata, which are complex gatable pores in the cell wall. While plasmodesmata normally allow the diffusion of only small molecules, they can be biochemically or structurally modified by virus-encoded movement proteins to enable the passage of either infectious ribonucleoprotein complexes or entire virus particles. In the latter case, the movement protein forms a transport tubule inside the plasmodesmal pore or at the surface of isolated cells. In this review, we describe the functional relevance of the tubules in the transport of viruses, speculative models for this movement mechanism, as well as the host components that seem to contribute to this type of transport.


Mosaic Virus Cucumber Mosaic Virus Movement Protein Tomato Spot Wilt Virus Alfalfa Mosaic Virus 
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  1. 1.Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (UPR 2357)Laboratoire propre du CNRS conventionné avec l'Université Louis Pasteur (Strasbourg 1)Strasbourg cedexFrance

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