Aphid transmission of beet western yellows luteovirus requires the minor capsid read-through protein P74

EMBO J. 1995 Feb 15;14(4):650-9.


Beet western yellows luteovirus is obligately transmitted by the aphid Myzus persicae in a circulative, non-propagative fashion. Virus movement across the epithelial cells of the digestive tube into the hemocoel and from the hemocoel into the accessory salivary glands is believed to occur by receptor-mediated endocytosis and exocytosis. Virions contain two types of protein; the major 22 kDa capsid protein and the minor read-through protein, P74, which is composed of the major capsid protein fused by translational read-through to a long C-terminal extension called the read-through domain. Beet western yellows virus carrying various mutations in the read-through domain was tested for its ability to be transmitted to test plants by aphids fed on agro-infected plants and semi-purified or purified virus preparations. The results establish that the read-through domain carries determinants that are essential for aphid transmission. The findings also reveal that the read-through domain is important for accumulation of the virus in agro-infected plants.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Aphids / microbiology*
  • Base Sequence
  • Insect Vectors
  • Luteovirus / growth & development*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology*
  • Plants / microbiology
  • Vegetables / microbiology