Majid Siampour

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The complete nucleotide sequence of the genome of wheat Eqlid mosaic virus (WEqMV) (excluding the poly A tail) comprised 9636 nucleotides including 5′ and 3′ noncoding regions of 137 and 172 nt, respectively. It contained a single ORF coding for a polyprotein of 3,109 amino acid residues and had a deduced genome organization typical of members of the family(More)
To investigate the genetic diversity of potato virus M (PVM; genus Carlavirus, family Betaflexiviridae), the complete nucleotide sequence of the coat protein gene of 30 PVM isolates from a major potato-growing region in Iran were determined. Phylogenetic analysis of these Iranian PVM isolates together with those available in the GenBank database suggested(More)
Several segments (∼20  kbp) of the lime witches' broom (LWB) phytoplasma genome (16SrII group) were sequenced and analysed. A 5.7  kbp segment (LWB-C) included conserved genes whose phylogenetic tree was consistent with that generated using 16S rRNA genes. Another 6.4  kbp LWB phytoplasma genome segment (LWB-NC) was structurally similar to the putative(More)
Potato virus Y (PVY) is an important plant pathogen with a wide host range including economically important crops of potato, tobacco, tomato, and pepper. The coat protein gene has been commonly used in studying molecular biology of plant viruses including PVY. In this study, we used a large dataset of CP sequences from isolates collected across the world to(More)
The study of phytoplasma membrane protein interactions with host cell proteins is crucial to understand the life cycle of these unculturable microorganisms within their hosts. A step-by-step protocol for the heterologous expression of phytoplasma membrane proteins in Escherichia coli is described, together with a procedure to purify a suitable quantity of(More)
Lime witches’ broom phytoplasma (16SrII, LWB) causes major losses to lime cultivation in Iran. The role of its immunodominant membrane protein (IMP) in the specific interaction with vector proteins was addressed. The carboxy terminal moiety of LWB IMP, coding the extracellular part of the protein, was expressed (LWB f∆IMP) as a tool to study IMP(More)
Molecular mechanisms underlying phytoplasma interactions with host plants are largely unknown. In this study attempts were made to identify effectors of three phytoplasma strains related to 'Ca. P. aurantifolia', crotalaria phyllody (CrP), faba bean phyllody (FBP), and witches' broom disease of lime (WBDL), using information from draft genome of peanut(More)
To determine the genetic diversity and population structure of grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV), the complete nucleotide sequence of the coat protein gene of 41 isolates from different regions in Iran was determined. Phylogenetic analyses of these isolates together with those available in the GenBank revealed two evolutionary divergent lineages, designated(More)
The potato virus M (PVM), belonging to the genus Carlavirus, is a worldwide endemic pathogen in potato fields. p11 is an 11–16 kDa protein encoded by the last open reading frame of PVM which contains cysteine rich proteins (CRPs) motif. CRPs have been identified as suppressors of gene silencing. In this study the p11 gene from 28 PVM isolates, including 16(More)
Phytoplasmas associated with cucumber phyllody (CuP) and squash phyllody (SqP) in Yazd province of Iran were characterized by molecular analyses and biological studies. Orosius albicinctus leafhoppers testing positive for phytoplasma presence by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) successfully transmitted CuP and SqP phytoplasmas to healthy cucumber and squash(More)
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