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Chimeric plant viruses are emerging as promising vectors for use in innovative vaccination strategies. In this context, cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) has proven to be a suitable carrier of the hepatitis C virus (HCV)-derived R9 mimotope. In the present work, a new chimeric CMV, expressing on its surface the HCV-derived R10 mimotope, was produced but lost the(More)
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is a three component isodiametric plant virus which is common worldwide and has an extremely wide host range. A pseudorecombinant was made, derived from the RNA3 component of the CMV-S strain, carrying the coat protein (CP) gene, and the RNA1,2 components of the CMV-D strain. This system developed mild mosaic and vein clearing in(More)
Comparison of the predicted coat protein amino acid sequence of the 'sweet cherry' strain of plum pox potyvirus (PPV-SwC) with the corresponding regions of several other PPV strains indicated that the main differences are in the N-terminal region. Polyclonal antibodies were produced against a synthetic peptide corresponding to the 1-14 sequence of the(More)
A primary therapeutic goal in Alzheimer's disease (AD) is to reduce the quantity of amyloid β protein (Aβ) present in the brain. To develop an effective, safe system for vaccination against Alzheimer's disease, the plant virus Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) was engineered genetically to express Aβ-derived fragments that stimulate mainly humoral immune(More)
A vaccine against Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is urgently needed due to the unsatisfactory clinical response to current therapies. We evaluated the immunological properties of a chimeric Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), a plant virus engineered to express on its surface a synthetic peptide derived from many HVR1 sequences of the HCV envelope protein E2 (R9(More)
Plum pox virus (PPV) sweet (SwC) and sour (SoC) cherry isolates were the first PPV isolates to be recovered from natural infection in sweet and sour cherry plants, respectively. Their complete nucleotide sequences have been determined finding a deduced genome organisation typical for PPV species. Both genomes are 9795 nucleotides long, excluding the 3′(More)
A cucumber mosaic virus isolate from an Ixora plant originating in the Philippines and first described 20 years ago (CMV-Ix) by Waterworth and Povish differs from other characterized CMV strains in its anomalous satellite support and in several biological and molecular properties. We describe the preparation of infectious transcripts from cloned(More)
Cucumber mosaic cucumovirus is a plant virus in which a typical satellite RNA system is present, displaying a dualistic biological behaviour. In fact, it has been shown that satRNA is able either to aggravate or attenuate the viral disease symptomatology with a modulating capability going from death of the host plant to a surprising absence of symptoms.(More)
The Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is a three-component isodiametric plant virus with an extremely wide host range, present worldwide. A pseudorecombinant form has been described, deriving from the RNA3 component of the CMV-S strain, carrying the coat protein (CP) gene, and the RNA 1, 2 components of the CMV-D strain. The CP gene was then engineered to express(More)