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Fall 2017 Biological Sciences Seminar Series: Dr. Jeanmarie Verchot, Centor Director, Texas A&M Agrilife- "The ER stress pathways suppress accumulation of plant RNA viruses
Thursday, Nov 9
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: RL 3.204

Abstract: The  long-term goal of our program is to identify genetic components that regulate virus pathogenesis in plants. Potato viruses X (PVX; potexvirus) and Y (PVY; potyvirus) are economically damaging viruses of potato, affecting both yields and marketability. Potexvirus and potyvirus infection induces the expression of the IRE1/bZIP60 pathway, a component of the unfolded protein response machinery that modulates cell death during pathogen invasion and abiotic stress.  We have identified small membrane binding proteins encoded by these viruses that engage the IRE1/bZIP60 pathway and are discovering downstream genes that control how viruses spread throughout the host plant. 

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Kaitlyn Stacey, 972-883-7240
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