Hidden viral gene in GMO crops

Gene VI is a multifunctional gene. Thus far, there are four known functions of gene VI in the viral infection cycle. Gene VI is associated with viral particles assembly. Secondly, Gene VI is an inhibitory machinery, a cellular anti-pathogen defense RNA silencer (Haas et al. 2008). Thirdly, Gene VI encodes active trans-activating long RNA (35S RNA) of a CaMV (Park et al. 2001). Fourthly, Gene VI disables an organism’s defense systems and make plants and other organisms susceptible to a bacterial pathogen (Love et al. 2012) Reference Bartel P (2004)  MicroRNAs: Genomics, Biogenesis, Mechanism, and Function. Cell: 116, 281-   297. Dunoyer P, and  O Voinnet (2006) The complex interplay between plant viruses and host RNA-   silencing pathways.  Curr Opinion in Plant Biology 8: 415–423. Haas G, Azevedo J, Moissiard G, Geldreich A, Himber C, Bureau M, et al. (2008) Nuclear  import of CaMV P6 is required for infection and suppression

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