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Changes in the composition of the RNA virome mark evolutionary transitions in green plants

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, August 2016
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Changes in the composition of the RNA virome mark evolutionary transitions in green plants
Published in
BMC Biology, August 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12915-016-0288-8
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Arcady Mushegian, Alexey Shipunov, Santiago F. Elena


The known plant viruses mostly infect angiosperm hosts and have RNA or small DNA genomes. The only other lineage of green plants with a relatively well-studied virome, unicellular chlorophyte algae, is mostly infected by viruses with large DNA genomes. Thus RNA viruses and small DNA viruses seem to completely displace large DNA virus genomes in late branching angiosperms. To understand better the expansion of RNA viruses in the taxonomic span between algae and angiosperms, we analyzed the transcriptomes of 66 non-angiosperm plants characterized by the 1000 Plants Genomes Project. We found homologs of virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerases in 28 non-angiosperm plant species, including algae, mosses, liverworts (Marchantiophyta), hornworts (Anthocerotophyta), lycophytes, a horsetail Equisetum, and gymnosperms. Polymerase genes in algae were most closely related to homologs from double-stranded RNA viruses leading latent or persistent lifestyles. Land plants, in addition, contained polymerases close to the homologs from single-stranded RNA viruses of angiosperms, capable of productive infection and systemic spread. For several polymerases, a cognate capsid protein was found in the same library. Another virus hallmark gene family, encoding the 30 K movement proteins, was found in lycophytes and monilophytes but not in mosses or algae. The broadened repertoire of RNA viruses suggests that colonization of land and growth in anatomical complexity in land plants coincided with the acquisition of novel sets of viruses with different strategies of infection and reproduction.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 4%
Mexico 1 2%
United States 1 2%
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 47 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 17%
Researcher 9 17%
Professor > Associate Professor 5 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 10%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 4 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 26 50%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 29%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 4%
Arts and Humanities 1 2%
Neuroscience 1 2%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 7 13%

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