A naked plant-specific RNA ten-fold smaller than the smallest known viral RNA: the viroid.

@article{Flores2001ANP,
  title={A naked plant-specific RNA ten-fold smaller than the smallest known viral RNA: the viroid.},
  author={Ricardo Flores},
  journal={Comptes rendus de l'Academie des sciences. Serie III, Sciences de la vie},
  year={2001},
  volume={324 10},
  pages={
          943-52
        }
}
Viroids are subviral plant pathogens at the frontier of life. They are solely composed by a single-stranded circular RNA of 246-401 nt with a compact secondary structure. Viroids replicate autonomously when inoculated into their host plants and incite, in most of them, economically important diseases. In contrast to viruses, viroids do not code for any protein and depend on host enzymes for their replication, which in some viroids occurs in the nucleus and in others in the chloroplast, through… CONTINUE READING

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