Sequence and recombination analyses of the geminivirus replication initiator protein
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The sequence motifs present in the replication initiator protein (Rep) of geminiviruses have been compared with those present in all known rolling circle replication initiators. The predicted secondary structures of Rep representing each group of organisms have been compared and found to be conserved. Regions of recombination in the Rep gene and the adjoining 5′ intergenic region (IR) of representative species of Geminiviridae have been identified using Recombination Detection Programs. The possible implications of such recombinations on the increasing host range of geminivirus infections are discussed.
KeywordsGeminivirus motifs recombination Rep
Rolling circle replication
Recombination Detection Program
replication initiator protein
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus-Sardinia
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