Transgenic plants expressing HC-Pro show enhanced virus sensitivity while silencing of the transgene results in resistance

S. Mlotshwa, J. Verver, I. Sithole-Niang, M. Prins, A. van Kammen, J. Wellink

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Nicotiana benthamiana plants were engineered to express sequences of the helper component-proteinase (HC-Pro) of Cowpea aphid-borne mosaic potyvirus (CABMV). The sensitivity of the transgenic plants to infection with parental and heterologous viruses was studied. The lines expressing HC-Pro showed enhanced symptoms after infection with the parental CABMV isolate and also after infection with a heterologous potyvirus, Potato virus Y (PVY) and a comovirus, Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV). On the other hand, transgenic lines expressing nontranslatable HC-Pro or translatable HC-Pro with a deletion of the central domain showed wild type symptoms after infection with the parental CABMV isolate and heterologous viruses. These results showed that CABMV HC-Pro is a pathogenicity determinant that conditions enhanced sensitivity to virus infection in plants, and that the central domain of the protein is essential for this. The severe symptoms in CABMV-infected HC-Pro expressing lines were remarkably followed by brief recovery and subsequent re-establishment of infection, possibly indicating counteracting effects of HC-Pro expression and a host defense response. One of the HC-Pro expressing lines (h48) was found to contain low levels of transgenic HC-Pro RNA and to be resistant to CABMV and to recombinant CPMV expressing HC-Pro. This indicated that h48 was (partially) posttranscriptionally silenced for the HC-Pro transgene inspite of the established role of HC-Pro as a suppressor of posttranscriptional gene silencing. Line h48 was not resistant to PVY, but instead showed enhanced symptoms compared to nontransgenic plants. This may be due to relief of silencing of the HC-Pro transgene by HC-Pro expressed by PVY.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-47
JournalVirus Genes
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Mlotshwa, S. ; Verver, J. ; Sithole-Niang, I. ; Prins, M. ; van Kammen, A. ; Wellink, J. / Transgenic plants expressing HC-Pro show enhanced virus sensitivity while silencing of the transgene results in resistance. In: Virus Genes. 2002 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 45-47.
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