Chloroplast in Plant-Virus Interaction


In plants, the chloroplast is the organelle that conducts photosynthesis. It has been known that chloroplast is involved in virus infection of plants for approximate 70 years. Recently, the subject of chloroplast-virus interplay is getting more and more attention. In this article we discuss the different aspects of chloroplast-virus interaction into three sections: the effect of virus infection on the structure and function of chloroplast, the role of chloroplast in virus infection cycle, and the function of chloroplast in host defense against viruses. In particular, we focus on the characterization of chloroplast protein-viral protein interactions that underlie the interplay between chloroplast and virus. It can be summarized that chloroplast is a common target of plant viruses for viral pathogenesis or propagation; and conversely, chloroplast and its components also can play active roles in plant defense against viruses. Chloroplast photosynthesis-related genes/proteins (CPRGs/CPRPs) are suggested to play a central role during the complex chloroplast-virus interaction.

DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01565

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@inproceedings{Zhao2016ChloroplastIP, title={Chloroplast in Plant-Virus Interaction}, author={Jin-ping Zhao and Xian Zhang and Yiguo Hong and Yule Liu}, booktitle={Front. Microbiol.}, year={2016} }