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Spiralin is the most abundant protein at the surface of the plant pathogenic mollicute Spiroplasma citri and hence might play a role in the interactions of the spiroplasma with its host plant and/or its insect vector. To study spiralin function, mutants were produced by inactivating the spiralin gene through homologous recombination. A spiralin-green(More)
In the plant-pathogenic mollicute Spiroplasma citri, spiralin is the major lipoprotein at the cell surface and is thought to be one of the components involved in the interactions of the spiroplasma with its insect vector. With the aim of identifying surface proteins other than spiralin, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) were produced by immunization of mice with(More)
The insect-transmissible strain GII-3 of Spiroplasma citri contains plasmids pSci1-6, five of which (pSci1-5) encode adhesin-like proteins and one (pSci6) encodes protein P32, which has been associated with insect transmissibility. In contrast, S. citri strains ASP-1 and 44, which cannot be transmitted via injection into the leafhopper vector Circulifer(More)
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