Natasha Opalka

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BACKGROUND Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) is a major pathogen that dramatically reduces rice production in many African countries. RYMV belongs to the genus sobemovirus, one group of plant viruses with icosahedral capsids and single-stranded, positive-sense RNA genomes. RESULTS The structure of RYMV was determined and refined to 2.8 A resolution by X-ray(More)
TALL-1/BAFF/BLyS was recently identified as a member of the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ligand family. The crystal structure of the functional soluble TALL-1 (sTALL-1) has been determined at 3.0 A. sTALL-1 forms a virus-like assembly with 200 A diameter in the crystals, containing 60 sTALL-1 monomers. The cluster formation is mediated by a "flap" region of(More)
The translocation of rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) within tissues of inoculated and systemically infected Oryza sativa L. leaves was characterized by Western immunoblotting, Northern blotting, and electron microscopy of thin sections. In inoculated leaves, RYMV RNA and coat protein first were detected at 3 and 5 days postinoculation, respectively. By 6(More)
Rice yellow mottle virus (RYMV) and southern bean mosaic virus, cowpea strain (SCPMV) are members of the Sobemovirus genus of RNA-containing viruses. We used electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) and icosahedral image analysis to examine the native structures of these two viruses at 25 A resolution. Both viruses have a single tightly packed capsid layer with(More)
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