RNA silencing and plant viral diseases.

  title={RNA silencing and plant viral diseases.},
  author={M B Wang and Chikara Masuta and Neil A. Smith and Hanako Shimura},
  journal={Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI},
  volume={25 10},
RNA silencing plays a critical role in plant resistance against viruses, with multiple silencing factors participating in antiviral defense. Both RNA and DNA viruses are targeted by the small RNA-directed RNA degradation pathway, with DNA viruses being also targeted by RNA-directed DNA methylation. To evade RNA silencing, plant viruses have evolved a variety of counter-defense mechanisms such as expressing RNA-silencing suppressors or adopting silencing-resistant RNA structures. This constant… CONTINUE READING


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