The movement proteins BC1 and BV1 of Abutilon mosaic geminivirus fused to glutathion-S-transferase (GST) and Flag-peptide were expressed in fission yeast ( Schizosaccharomyces pombe ) cells to analyse the fundamental intracellular distribution of these proteins in an eukaryotic cell in the absence of plant-specific factors. Most of BC1 protein sedimented rapidly after cell lysis and differential centrifugation. Using freeze-fracture immuno-labelling, the protein was detected in situ predominantly at plasma membranes and to a lower extent at cytoplasmic vesicles but not in the cytoplasm, the nuclei, or the mitochondria. Anti-BC1, anti-GST, and anti-Flag antibodies tagged smooth flecks only at the protoplasmic faces of the plasma membrane. The consequences of the BC1 behaviour for its use in two-hybrid analysis in yeast are discussed. In contrast, BV1 was detected mainly in the nucleus and partially in the cytoplasm but never associated with membranes.
Archives of Virology – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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