Humberto Julio Debat

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small ∼20–24 nt species of non-coding RNAs that modulate plant gene expression by means of gene silencing through sequence-specific inhibition of target mRNAs. MiRNAs derive from pol-II transcription of non-coding genes that are precisely processed in nuclear Dicing bodies by a microprocessor complex (dicer-like1–serrate–hyponastic(More)
Yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis A. St.-Hil.) is an important subtropical tree crop cultivated on 326,000 ha in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, with a total yield production of more than 1,000,000 t. Yerba mate presents a strong limitation regarding sequence information. The NCBI GenBank lacks an EST database of yerba mate and depicts only 80 DNA sequences,(More)
Small RNAs (sRNAs) play important roles in plant development and host-pathogen interactions. Several studies have highlighted the relationship between viral infections, endogenous sRNA accumulation and transcriptional changes associated with symptoms. However, few studies have described a global analysis of endogenous sRNAs by comparing related viruses at(More)
Tospoviruses are devastating plant viruses causing severe economic losses in a diverse range of crops worldwide. Here, we describe the development and evaluation of an RNA interference (RNAi) broad-spectrum virus resistance strategy based on a unique and short hairpin-RNA-generating construct (pNhpRNA). This construct was designed from a region of the(More)
The primary and secondary structures of the intergenic spacer (IGS) between the 3′-end of 25S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene and the 5′-end of 18S rRNA gene are described for the cultivated chili pepper Capsicum pubescens. The recognized functional IGS is 2,078 bp in length. According to nucleotide base composition, regulatory elements, and conserved and(More)
We present the first report of a virus infecting the subtropical tree crop yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil.). Total RNA purification, followed by next-generation sequencing, transcripts assembly and annotation, resulted in the identification of a new endornavirus species infecting yerba mate. The complete sequence of the linear dsRNA viral genome is(More)
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