Plant RNA viruses are widespread pathogens that need to interact intricately with their hosts to co-opt numerous cellular factors to facilitate their replication. Currently, there are only a limited number of plant resistance genes against a limited number of viruses. To develop novel antiviral approaches, the interaction network between the given virus and the host cell could be targeted. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed as a surrogate host for tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV), allowing systematic genome-wide screens to identify both susceptibility and restriction factors for TBSV. Importantly, pro-viral or antiviral functions of several of the characterized yeast proteins have been validated in plant hosts. This paper describes how yeast susceptibility and restriction factors of TBSV could be used as antiviral approaches. The gained knowledge on host factors could lead to novel, inducible, broad-range, and durable antiviral tools against plant viruses.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Virology|
|State||Published - Oct 2017|
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This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (MCB-1122039) to PDN.
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