MicroRNA-guided processing impairs Plum pox virus replication, but the virus readily evolves to escape this silencing mechanism.

Since the discovery of microRNA (miRNA)-guided processing, a new type of RNA silencing, the possibility that such a mechanism could play a role in virus defense has been proposed. In this work, we have analyzed whether Plum pox virus (PPV) chimeras bearing miRNA target sequences (miR171, miR167, and miR159), which have been reported to be functional in… CONTINUE READING