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Abstract

Potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd) is a small, single-stranded, circular, non-coding RNA pathogen. Host DNA-dependent RNA polymerase II (RNAP II) was proposed to be critical for its replication, but no interaction site for RNAP II on the PSTVd RNA genome was identified. Using a co-immunoprecipitation strategy involving a mAb specific for the conserved heptapeptide (i.e. YSPTSPS) located at the carboxy-terminal domain of the largest subunit of RNAP II, we established the interaction of tomato RNAP II with PSTVd RNA and showed that RNAP II associates with the left terminal domain of PSTVd (+) RNA. RNAP II did not interact with any of several PSTVd (−) RNAs tested. Deletion and site-directed mutagenesis of a shortened model PSTVd (+) RNA fragment were used to identify the role of specific nucleotides and structural motifs in this interaction. Our results provide evidence for the interaction of a RNAP II complex from a natural host with the rod-like conformation of the left terminal domain of PSTVd (+) RNA.

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