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Trends Plant Sci. 1999 Nov;4(11):458-462.

The role of the ER and cytoskeleton in plant viral trafficking.

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GPC-AG, Genome Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Fraunhoferstrasse 20, 82152 Martinsried, Germany.


Plant viruses spread from cell to cell via plasmodesmata, which bridge the rigid cell wall and connect adjacent cells. The spread of infection is aided by interactions between the virus and the host components. These interactions have been intensively studied to understand the crosstalk between pathogen and host. The use of green fluorescent protein has shed new light on the close association between viral movement proteins and elements of the cytoskeleton and the endomembrane system.

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