The dsRNA viruses of the corn pathogen encode toxins that affect sensitive strains of the same species and related species. The KP6 toxin encoded by the P6 virus subtype is a binary toxin, consisting of two polypeptides, α (8-6 kDa) and β (9-1 kDa) with no covalent or hydrogen bonds between them. In this study the effect of each polypeptide was tested on sensitive and resistant cells and spheroplasts of . The results indicate that both polypeptides bind to intact cells from sensitive and resistant strains; however, only spheroplasts of sensitive strains are affected by the toxin and both α and β are necessary to affect the spheroplasts.


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