Special Issue "Plant Viral Translation and Resistance"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Viruses of Plants, Fungi and Protozoa".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aurelie Rakotondrafara
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Guest Editor
Departement Plant Pathology, University Wisconsin – Madison, Russell Laboratories, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA
Interests: virology; RNA Biology; molecular & genome biology of microbes
Prof. Dr. W. Allen Miller
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Guest Editor
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
Interests: non-canonical translation mechanisms used by plant viruses replication of satellite RNAs interactions of plant viruses with their aphid vectors viruses of aphids and honey bees diversity and evolution of luteoviruses and their relatives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While viruses encode key proteins required to replicate their genomes, they do not encode components of the translation machinery. Consequently, they are completely dependent on the host cellular machinery for the synthesis of their proteins.  To successfully compete against cellular mRNAs for ribosomes and translation factors, plant viruses have evolved a variety of unconventional strategies. These tactics include circumventing the requirement for a 5ꞌ cap and/or a 3ꞌ poly(A) tail, relying on alternative sequences in their untranslated and/or coding regions, utilizing virally-encoded proteins, or modifying cellular protein functions to favor their own translation; often at the expense of plant fitness or health. The viral dependency on host cellular proteins and/or apparatus to go through every step of their life cycle -from translation to replication, packaging, movement and transmission - provides unique opportunities to devise resistance against these plant viruses.

This Special Issues focuses on understanding these varied translational mechanisms and how this knowledge can be used to develop innovative crop protection stategies targeting viral translational requirments.

Dr. Aurelie Rakotondrafara
Prof. Dr. W. Allen Miller
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant virus
  • resistance
  • viral protein translation
  • translation factors
  • viral translational enhancers
  • 5’ cap and/or 3’ poly(A) tail
  • ribosomes
  • trans-acting factors
  • moonlight protein function

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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