E. J. B. Peña

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Viruses use and subvert host cell mechanisms to support their replication and spread between cells, tissues and organisms. Microtubules and associated motor proteins play important roles in these processes in animal systems, and may also play a role in plants. Although transport processes in plants are mostly actin based, studies, in particular with Tobacco(More)
A panel of seven SR1 tobacco mutants (ATER1 to ATER7) derived via T-DNA activation tagging and screening for resistance to a microtubule assembly inhibitor, ethyl phenyl carbamate, were used to study the role of microtubules during infection and spread of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). In one of these lines, ATER2, alpha-tubulin is shifted from the(More)
Citrus Psorosis in Argentina is a serious disease. Citrus is produced in two regions located in the northeast (NE) and northwest (NW) area of the country. These two areas have different climates and soil types, and therefore different citrus species and varieties are cultivated. In the NE region, Psorosis is epidemic, and in the NW region, the disease was(More)
Citrus psorosis virus (CPsV) and Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus (MiLBVV), members of the Ophioviridae family, have segmented negative-sense single-stranded RNA genomes. To date no reports have described how ophioviruses spread within host plants and/or the proteins involved in this process. Here we show that the 54K protein of CPsV is encoded by RNA 2 and(More)
Citrus psorosis virus (CPsV), the type member of genus Ophiovirus, has three genomic RNAs. Complete sequencing of CPsV RNA 1 revealed a size of 8184 nucleotides and Northern blot hybridization with chain specific probes showed that its non-coding strand is preferentially encapsidated. The complementary strand of RNA 1 contains two open reading frames (ORFs)(More)
The lack of naturally occurring resistance to Citrus psorosis virus (CPsV) has demanded exploitation of a transgenic approach for the development of CPsV-resistant sweet orange plants. Transgenic sweet orange plants producing intron-hairpin RNA transcripts (ihpRNA) corresponding to viral cp, 54K or 24K genes were generated and analyzed at the molecular and(More)
Anisotropic cell growth and the ability of plant cells to communicate within and across the borders of cellular and supracellular domains depends on the ability of the cells to dynamically establish polarized networks able to deliver structural and informational macromolecules to distinct cellular sites. Studies of organelle movements and transport of(More)
Predictive control is generating considerable interest when it comes to implementing current control strategies in power converters. Remarkable accuracy and fast dynamic response are its main characteristics. However, this technique is computationally demanding compared to classic control schemes. This is particularly true in multilevel converters, where(More)
The preprophase band of microtubules performs the crucial function of marking the plane of cell division. Although the preprophase band depolymerises at the onset of mitosis, the division plane is 'memorized' by a cortical division zone to which the phragmoplast is attracted during cytokinesis. Proteins have been discovered that are part of the molecular(More)
Ophioviridae is a family of segmented, negative-sense, single-stranded RNA plant viruses. We showed that their cell-to-cell movement protein (MP) is an isolated member of the 30K MP superfamily with a unique structural organization. All 30K MPs share a core domain that contains a nearly-invariant signature aspartate. We examined its role in the MP of Citrus(More)