Evidence that pepper mottle virus and potato virus Y are distinct viruses: analyses of the coat protein and 3′ untranslated sequence of a California isolate of pepper mottle virus
Pepper mottle virus (PepMoV) is a member of the large and complex genus Potyvirus, and is classically distinguished from other members of the genus by differential host range and cytopathology as well as serology of the coat protein and cytoplasmic inclusion body proteins. Here we report the deduced amino acid sequence of the coat protein of a California potyvirus identified by a variety of classical methods as PepMoV (PepMoV C). Comparison of the 3′ untranslated nucleic acid sequence and the deduced coat-protein amino acid sequence of the PepMoV C isolate with those of PVY and other potyviruses indicates that PepMoV C is sufficiently diverged to be considered a distinct virus species. Thus, comparative sequence analyses of the PepMoV C isolate support earlier serological and biological evidence that PepMoV and PVY are distinct viruses.
KeywordsCoat Protein Potato Virus Tobacco Etch Virus Distinct Virus Tobacco Vein Mottling Virus
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