A comparison of pepper mottle virus with potato virus Y and evidence for their distinction
Pepper mottle virus (PepMOV) was identified as a distinct potyvirus infecting peppers in Arizona and Florida in the 1970’s. The distinction of PepMoV from potato virus Y (PVY) has recently been challenged on the basis of sequence comparisons of the coat proteins and of the 3′ nontranslated regions of the viral RNAs. We summarize the biological, cytological, serological, and in vitro translational studies which compare the apparent differences, and also similarities, between PepMoV and PVY. We conclude that although PepMoV may be more closely related to PVY than to other known potyvirus, PepMoV should be maintained as a separate virus on the basis of its distinctive characteristics.
KeywordsCoat Protein Potato Virus Tobacco Etch Virus Cylindrical Inclusion Rabbit Reticulocyte Lysate
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