The multifunctional capsid proteins of plant RNA viruses.

  title={The multifunctional capsid proteins of plant RNA viruses.},
  author={Anton S. Callaway and Donna Giesman-Cookmeyer and Eric T. Gillock and Tim L Sit and Steven A. Lommel},
  journal={Annual review of phytopathology},
This article summarizes studies of viral coat (capsid) proteins (CPs) of RNA plant viruses. In addition, we discuss and seek to interpret the knowledge accumulated to data. CPs are named for their primary function; to encapsidate viral genomic nucleic acids. However, encapsidation is only one feature of an extremely diverse array of structural, functional, and ecological roles played during viral infection and spread. Herein, we consider the evolution of viral CPs and their multitude of… CONTINUE READING