Interplays between soil-borne plant viruses and RNA silencing-mediated antiviral defense in roots

Andika Ida Bagus, Hideki Kondo, Liying Sun

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Although the majority of plant viruses are transmitted by arthropod vectors and invade the host plants through the aerial parts, there is a considerable number of plant viruses that infect roots via soil-inhabiting vectors such as plasmodiophorids, chytrids, and nematodes. These soil-borne viruses belong to diverse families, and many of them cause serious diseases in major crop plants. Thus, roots are important organs for the life cycle of many viruses. Compared to shoots, roots have a distinct metabolism and particular physiological characteristics due to the differences in development, cell composition, gene expression patterns, and surrounding environmental conditions. RNA silencing is an important innate defense mechanism to combat virus infection in plants, but the specific information on the activities and molecular mechanism of RNA silencing-mediated viral defense in root tissue is still limited. In this review, we summarize and discuss the current knowledge regarding RNA silencing aspects of the interactions between soil-borne viruses and host plants. Overall, research evidence suggests that soil-borne viruses have evolved to adapt to the distinct mechanism of antiviral RNA silencing in roots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1458
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue numberSEP
Publication statusPublished - Sept 15 2016


  • Antiviral defense
  • Nematode
  • Olpidium
  • Polymyxa
  • RNA silencing
  • Roots
  • Silencing suppressor
  • Soil-borne virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)


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