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BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS: PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION,
SEROLOGY, AND IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
FOR DETECTION OF VIRUS-INFECTED LEGUME SEEDS














By

J. ALBERSIO A. LIMA











A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY











UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1978








































To my wife, Diana, and my son, Roberto, who with understanding, friendship, and love helped to transform a goal into a reality.
















ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Dan E. Purcifull, chairman of my supervisory committee, for his invaluable counsels, friendship, advice, and constant guidance during the course of this investigation.

Appreciation is extended to other members of my s upervisory committee, Drs. Ernest Hiebert, John R. Edwardson, Raghavan Charudattan, Francis W. Zettler, and Daniel A. Roberts for their helpful suggestions during the research and their efforts in criticizing the manuscript. I also wish to extend my appreciation to Mr. Richard G. Christie for his valuable help with the light microscope and for his constant enthusiasm for teaching useful cytological techniques for diagnosing plant virus diseases. The understanding and cooperation of Mr. S. Christie, Mr. W. Crawford, Mrs. J. Hill, and Mrs. D. Miller during the laboratory experiments are also greatly appreciated.

I further wish to extend my gratitude to Mrs. Maria I. Cruz for

her understanding and cooperation as the Secretary of the International Programs of the University of Florida, Gainesville, and for her time spent in typing this dissertation.

I was supported by funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Universidade Federal do Cearg, and Ford Foundation, to whom I wish to express my sincere thanks.

Special recognition is expressed to my wife, Diana, whose patience friendship, and love made this work possible.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. ... .........................................iii

LIST OF TABLES ................................. ........... vi

L IST OF FIGURES....... ................ .. ..................... v ii

VIRUS ABBREVIATIONS.......................................... x

ABSTRACT ........................................... .... xi

CHAPTER I PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, AND
SEROLOGY OF BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS...........

Introduction.................................. I
Literature Review ............................. 2
MatE rials and Methods .......................... 10
Sources of Virus Isolate ................... 10
Virus and Inclusion Purification........... I1
Virus Particle Size Determination.......... 14 Stability of Virus in Sap.................. 15
Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis of Viral and Inclusion Proteins..................... 16
Sedimentation Coefficient Determination.... 17 Serology... .. ................ ................. 18
Antiserum production for virus and cytoplasmic inclusions ................. 18
Serological tests ....................... 19
Serological relationships between B1CMV and other potyviruses............ ..... 21
Light and Electron Microscopy of Virus Induced Pinwheel Inclusions ............... 22
Host Range and Screening Cowpea Varieties for Resistance ............................ 23

Resu lts .......... ............................. 24
Purification and Properties of Blackeye Cowpea Mosaic Virus ........................ 24
Purified Inclusion Preparations............. 42
Virus Particle Size and Stability in Sap... 47 Serology .................................... 52
Light and Electron Microscopy ............. 64
Host Range and Resistant Cowpea Varieties.. 65 Discussion .............. ..................... 71





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CHAPTER II IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR
DETECTION OF LEGUME VIRUSES IN INFECTED SEEDS.... 84
l troduction ................ ................. 84
Literature Review............... .............. 86
Seed-Borne Viruses in Vigna spp ............ 87
Seed-Borne Viruses in Glycine max.......... 90
Seed-Borne Viruses in Phaseolus vulgaris... 92 Materials and Methods .....................9.. 94
Source of Seed and Seed Germination........ 94 Preparation of Antigens for Serology....... 95 Double Immunodiffusion Tests ............... 95
Single Radial Immunodiffusion Tests........ 96 Serologically Specific Electron Microscopy. 97 Double Immunodiffusion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinated Legume Seeds........ ..................... 98
Serology and Microscopy of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BICMV and SoyMV in Hypocotyls of Germinated Seeds.......... 98 ResuIts........................................... 99
Preparation of Antigens for Serological Tests ...................................... 99
Double Inmunodiffusion Tests............... 102
Single Radial Immunodiffusion Tests ........ 107 Serologically Specific Electron Microscopy.................................... ill
Double Immunodiffusion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinated Legume Seeds .... ........ ....... 116
Serology and Mycroscopy of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BICMV and SoyMV in Hypocotyls of Germinated Seeds............. 121
Discussion........................................ 132

LITERATURE CITED... .................... ,.,.............1.... ]13

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH................ ................. .. ......... 154












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LIST OF TABLES


Table Page

I Symptoms and results of serological assays on
varieties of cowpea, Vignaunguiculata mechanically
inoculated with BICMV, BCMV-S, CAMV, and CPMV....... 70

II Comparison of immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl
discs and growing-on tests for detection of virusinfected needs...................................... 108




















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LIST OF FIGURES

Figure Page

I Systemic and localized symptoms induced by blackeye
cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) in cowpea, V. unguiculata
'Knuckle Purple Hull' and C. amaranticolor............ 26

2 Flow diagram outlining the procedure of purification
of BICMV using n-butanol as clarifying agent......... 28

3 Flow diagram outlining the procedure for purification
of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions, using chloroform and carbon tetrachloride as clarifying
agents .............. ..................... 30

4 Flow diagram outlining the steps carried out during
the purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions by a combination of the first and second methods
for purification of virus and inclusions.............. 32

5 Absorption spectra of purified preparations of BICMV
in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and BICMV cytoplasmic
inclusions in the same buffer........................ 35

6 Electron microscopy of BICMV in a purified preparation
and in cowpea leaf extracts .........................

7 Histograms of lengths of BICMV particles from purified
preparation negatively stained with phosphotungstate, and cowpea leaf extract using the serologically specific electron microscopy and uranyl acetate as a 39
positive stain.....................................

8 Histograms of BICMV particle lengths from two different
electron microscopic preparations to show particle
length distribution from 600 to 900 nm............... 41

9 Schlieren patterns from sedimentation velocity experiment with stored and fresh purified preparations of
BICMV.................. ............................... 44

10 Electrophoretic analyses of BICMV induced cytoplasmic
inclusions and BICMV capsid protein in 6% polyacrylam ide ge l...... ....................................... 46

11 Electron micrographs of purified preparations of
BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions stained with molybdate.. 49




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Figure Page

12 Double inmmunodiffusion tests in agar medium containing
0.8 Noble aqcar, I.0% NaN3, and 0.5% SDS............. 51

13 Single radial diffusion tests in agar media containing
different concentrations of SDS and antisera for BICMV
and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) ...................... 54

14 Single radial diffusion tests with SDS and pyrrolidine
degraded capsid protein of BICMV and CPMV............ 56

15 Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BICMV
and other potyviruses in medium containing 0.8% Noble agar, 1.04 NaN, and 0.5% SDS prepared in 0.05 M TrisHCI buffr pH 7.2................................... 61

16 Immunodiffusion tests with BICMV, Moroccan isolate of
cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CAMV), and siratro strain of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV-S) in agar
medium containing 0.8% Noble agar, 1.0% NaN and
0.5% SDS prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer, pH 7.2. 63

17 Photomicrographs of cytoplasmic inclusions in
epidermal strips of cowpea leaves systemically infected with BICMV, stained with a combination of
calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green........... 67

18 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of cowpea
leaf cells infected with BICMV showing cross-sections
and longitudinal sections of pinwheel inclusions..... 69

19 Double irimunodiffusion tests with extracts from different portions of BICMV-infected and healthy
4-5-day-old cowpea seedlings......................... 101

20 Diagram showing methods for assaying legume seeds by single and double radial immunodiffusion.......... 104

21 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyls from healthy and BlCMV-infected, 4-5-day-old cowpea seedlings in medium containing 0.8% Noble agar,
1.0% NaN3, and 0.5t SDS, prepared in water........... 106

22 Single radial immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from healthy and BICMV-infected, 4-5-dayold cowpea seedlings................................. 110

23 Electron micrographs of BICMV in hypocotyl extracts from the same cowpea seedling using different
preparations................................ ......... 113


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Figure Page

24 Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy with BICMV, BCMV-S, and CPMV..... 115

25 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyls of 4-5day-old Lean and soybean seedlings using antiserum
for BCMV-S and for SoyMV ............................. 118

26 Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy with extracts from BCMV- and
SoyMV-intected hypocotyls............................ 120

27 Double inmmnunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from 4-5-day-old seedlings of cowpea and soybean using antisera for BICMV, SoyMV, and their cytoplasm ic inclusions................................... 123

28 Photomicrographs showing different views of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV in epidermal strips
of cowped hypocotyl tissue stained with a combination
of calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green ........ 125

29 Photomiciographs showing different views of epidermal cells of hypocotyls from 4-5-day-old soybean seedlings
containing cytoplasmic inclusions induced by SoyMV... 127

30 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of cells from hypocotyls of 4-5-day-old seedlings infected
with BICMV .......................................... 129

31 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of hypocotyl cells of 4-5-day-old soybean seedlings
grown from SoyMV-infected seeds....................... 131





















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VIRUS ABBREVIATIONS

Virus Names Abbreviation

Bean common mosaic virus............................. BCMV
Bean common mosaic virus-siratro isolate............... BCMV-S
Bean pod mottle virus .................. ................ BPMV
Bean yellow mosaic virus......... .. ............... ..... BYMV
Bidens mottle virus............................................... BiMV
Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus ........................... BICMV
Clover yellow vein virus.............................. CYVV
Commelina mosaic virus.................................. CoMV
Cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus................................. ..CAMV
Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus........................ CCMV
Cowpea mild mottle virus................................ CMMV
Cowpea mosaic virus..................................... CPMV
Cowpea ringspot virus ....... ......................... CpRV
Cowpea yellow mosaic virus ............................. CYMV
Cucumber mosaic virus ................................. CMV
Dasheen mosaic virus ................................... DMV
Iris mosaic virus ...................................... IMV
Lettuce mosaic virus.. ................................ LMV
Pea seed-borne mosaic virus............................ PSMV
Pepper mottle virus ........................................ PeMV
Pepper vein mottle virus............................... PVMV
Pokeweed mosaic virus .................................. PWMV
Potato virus X .......................... ............... PVX
Potato virus Y......................................... PVY
Southern bean mosaic virus ............................ SBMV
Soybean mosaic virus .................................... SoyMV
Sugarcane mosaic virus. ................................ SMV
Tobacco etch virus...................................... TEV
Tobacco mosaic virus................................... TMV
Tobacco ringspot virus ................................ TRSV
Turnip yellow mosaic virus............................ TuMV
Watermelon mosaic virus-I...... .. .. .... .. ......... WMV-1
Watermelon mosaic virus-2........ ..................... WMV-2


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Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate Council
of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements foi the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS: PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION,
SEROLOGY, AND IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
FOR DETECTION OF VIRUS-INFECTED LEGUME SEEDS By

J. ALBERSIO A. LIMA

March, 1978

Chairman; Dan E. Purcifull
Major Department: Plant Pathology

Blickeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) was increased in cowpea, Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp., 'Knuckle Purple Hull', and infected leaves were used for virus and cytoplasmic inclusion purification. Either n-butanol or a combination of
consisted of a main protein component with a MW of 34,000 daltons and two smaller proteins with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons. Purified BlCMV had a 260/280 nm absorption ratio of 1.2 and a modal length of 753 nm. Freshly purified BICMV preparations showed a single sedimenting peak with s20=157-159 S. The purified BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions had absorption spectra characteristic for proteins. Electron microscopy of purified inclusions revealed the presence of tubes showing striations with periodicities of approximately 5 nm.




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Antisera reactive in SDS-immunodiffusion were obtained against

untreated virions, pyrrolidine degraded coat protein,and untreated BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions. Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens showed that BICMV is serologically unrelated to seven potyviruses and serologically related to, but distinct from: bean common mosaic virus (BCMV), bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CAMV), dasheen mosaic virus (DMV), lettuce mosaic virus (LMV), potato virus Y (PVY), soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV), tobacco etch virus (iEV), and watermelon mosaic virus-2 (WMV-2). The intragel cross-absorption technique was also used to demonstrate distinction between closely related potyviruses. Agar medium impregnated with a mixture of antiseroi was used for serodiagnosis of BICMV and cowpea mosaic virus in cowpa.

Light and electron microscopy of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV, siratro (Macroptilium atropurpureum (D.C.) Urb.) strain of BCMV (BCMV-S) and CAMV revealed that they are similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subdivision-I. The different reactions induced by BICMV, BCMV-S, and CAMV in some cowpea varieties indicated that they can also be used as differential hosts for these three potyviruses. Sources of resistance for BICMV were found among the cowpea varieties tested. Based on its physical, biological, cytological, and immunochemical properties, BICMV can be differentiated from any other virus that infects cowpea.

Cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV in cowpea and by SoyMV in soybean were detected by serology, light microscopy, and electron microscopy in hypocoiyls of 4-5-day-old seedlings grown from virusinfected seeds.

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Inmunodiffusion tests and serologically specific electron microscopy were used to d tect BICMV in hypocotyls of 4-5-day-old cowpea seedlings grown from BICMV-infected seeds. Discs of individual hypocotyls were embedded into the agar medium 4-5 mm away from the antiserum wells. Virus-specific precipilin lines formed between virusinfected hypocotyl discs and antiserum wells, whereas no reactions were observed with healthy hypocotyls. Precipitin lines were also observed with extracts of mixtures from infected (1 g) and healthy (up to 29 g) tissues These immunochemical techniques were also used for detecting BCMV ii hypocotyls of infected 4-5-day-old Phaseolus vulgaris L. seedlinys and for detecting SoyMV in infected Glycine max

(L.) Merr. seedlings. Single radial immunodiffusion tests with extracts or discs of cowpea hypocotyls were also useful for detecting BICMV in germinated ,eeds. The reliability and simplicity of the immunodiffusion tests make them suitable for use in routine seed health testing program in any laboratory.























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CHAPTER I

PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, AND
SEROLOGY OF BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS


Introduction

Cowpea, Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. (=Vigna sinensis (L.) Endl.), is grown as a crop in high-temperature areas of tropical and subtropical countries. Cowpea seeds constitute a source of good quality protein and dried seeds are an important part of the diet of many people in the tropical and subtropical world, particularly in Africa and the rural zone of northeastern Brazil. The fresh seeds and immature pods are also eaten and they can be frozen or canned as is sometimes done in the United States. Cowpeas are also grown as fodder plants for hay, silage or pasture and used as a green manure and cover crop. When grown under optimum conditions, cowpea can produce seed yields as high as 2,600 Kg/ha. However, several factors limit cowpea yields in most fields. Virus diseases are considered as a major limiting factor to the production of cowpeas in several countries (Dale, 1949; Wells and Deba, 1961; Toler et al., 1963; Brantley et al., 1965; Kuhn et al., 1966; Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a; Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968b; Gay and Winstead, 1970; Zettler and Evans, 1972; Bock, 1973; Phatak, 1974; Haque and Persad, 1975; Kaiser and Mossahebi, 1975; and Lima and Nelson, 1977). Several viruses infect cowpea, and many of them can be transmitted through seeds from infected cowpea plants. The most important cowpea seed-borne virus in the southeastern United States is


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an aphid-transmitted, filamentous virus approximately 750 nm long (Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a; 1968b; Gay and Winstead, 1970; Zettler and Evans, 1912; and Uyemoto et al., 1973). This virus was first isolated in Florida by Anderson (1955a), who designated it "blackeye cowpea mosaic virus" (BICMV) (Anderson, 1955b), a name that has been retained by Zettler and Evans (1972) and Edwardson et al. (1972).

Because no antiserum specific for BICMV was available, and because only sparse information about the virus properties could be found in the literature, the first part of this research was undertaken to purify and characterize BICMV in vitro and in vivo. Antisera prepared for BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions were used for serological characterization of the virus. Some methods for virus and inclusion purification, as well as certain physical, biological, immunochemical and cytological properties of BICMV were described in the present investigation. An abstract of part of this research was already published (Lima et al., 1976).


Literature Review


Several viruses infect cowpea, V. unguiculata, causing different

types of mosaic. The first report about mosaic of cowpea was published in 1921 by Elliot, who reported a high incidence of cowpea virus disease in Arkansas (Elliot, 1921). Smith (1924) demonstrated experimentally that the cowpea virus was transmitted either by rubbing the leaves of diseased and healthy plants together or by the bean leaf beetle, Ceratoma trifurcata Forst. Subsequently, Gardner (1927) working with a cowpea virus, observed that it was transmitted through seeds of certain cowpea varieties.











A widespread mosaic disease was reported on different cowpea varieties in Trinidad (Dale, 1949). Dale (1949) observed that the virus responsible for the disease was not transmitted by Aphis medicaginis Koch, but that the leaf beetle, Ceratoma ruficornis (Oliv.) was a good vector and was probably responsible for transmitting the virus in the field. On the basis of his studies, he concluded that the virus was unrelated to those described by McLean (1941), Snyder (1942), and Yu (1946), but was more likely the virus studied by Smith (1924). Dale (1953) subsequently confirmed that the cowpea mosaic virus isolated from Trinidad was efficiently transmitted by C. ruficornis, but not by aphids.

Lister and Thresh (1955) isolated a virus from cowpea and identified it as a strain of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). They observed that a purified preparation of the virus contained rod-shaped particles of varying lengths, indistinguishable from the particles of TMV, and was precipitated specifically with antiserum prepared against TMV. A cowpea strain of TMV was also isolated from a range of leguminous hosts at Ibadan, Nigeria (Chant, 1959). Chant (1959) also found another virus infecting cowpea in Nigeria and as its physical properties differed from other cowpea viruses, he proposed the name cowpea yellow mosaic virus (CYMV). The virus was purified and an antiserum prepared against it. Both TMV and CYMV were transmitted by the beetle Ootheca mutabilis Sahlb. In subsequent work, Chant (1960) studied the influence of TMV and CYMV on growth rate and yield of cowpea, and found that infection of cowpea with the cowpea strain of TMV did not affect yield as much as infection with CYMV. Wells and Deba (1961) tested 116 cowpea varieties and 342 indigenous pure lines against CYMV and observed










that 6 varieties and 16 pure lines were resistant. Robertson (1965) screened 79 cowpea varieties for resistance to CYMV in a screened greenhouse. Those varieties that showed no local or systemic reactions when inoculated with the virus were classified as immune; those that developed necrotic lesions but did not become systemically infected were classified as resistant; and those that showed systemic infection were classified as susceptible. Chant (1962) found that the cowpea virus from Trinidad caused local lesions on Chenopodium amaranticolor Coste and Reyn., Mucuna atterrina Holland, Petunia hybrida Vilm., and P. vulgaris, and that the virus was polyhedral with a mean diameter of approximately 25 nim.

Double-immunodiffusion tests showed that a cowpea virus from Arkansas and the Trinidad cowpea mosaic virus were closely related, but not identical serologically and that both were antigenically related to bean pod mottle virus (BPMV) (Shepherd, 1963). Studying other properties of the virus, Shepherd (1964) confirmed a close similarity of the Arkansas virus with the cowpea mosaic virus from Trinidad (Dale, 1949). Walters and Barnett (1964), working with a cowpea mosaic virus serologically identical to the Arkansas isolate, demonstrated also that it was efficiently transmitted by the bean leaf beetle, C. trifurcata. A detailed study of three cowpea mosaic virus isolates from Surinam (South America), along with the previously reported cowpea viruses from Trinidad (Dale, 1949) and Nigeria (Chant, 1959, 1960, 1962) revealed that they are strains of cowpea mosaic virus (Agrawal, 1964). Detailed descriptions of host range, biophysical, biochemical, and immunochemical properties of cowpea mosaic virus were reported, and the abbreviation CPMV was proposed to eliminate any possible confusion






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with CMV (cucumber mosaic virus). Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) has been extensively studied in different laboratories and was fully described by van Kammen (1971, 1972). It was selected as the type member of the comovirus group (Fenner, 1976) and reported from several other parts of the world, including Brazil (Carner et al., 1969; and Lima and Nelson, 1977), Nigeria (Williams, 1975), Venezuela (Debrot and Rojas, 1967), and Puerto Rico (Perez and Cortes-Monllor, 1970; and Alconero and Santiago, 1973).

Kuhn (1964b) purified and characterized a new virus isolated from cowpea in Georgia and named it cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (CCMV), which was subsequently described by Bancroft (1971). This virus belongs to the bromovirus group (Fenner, 1976) and is physically similar to brome mosaic virus (Bancroft, 1970) and broad bean mottle virus (Gibbs, 1972), neither of which produces symptoms in cowpea (Bancroft, 1971).

Strains of cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) are also known to infect

cowpea. Cucumber mosaic virus strains have been isolated from naturally infected cowpeas showing mosaic symptoms in southeastern United States (Anderson, 1955a; Kuhn, 1964a; and Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a), Italy (Vovlas and Avgelis, 1972), Morocco (Fischer and Lockhart, 1976b), and South Africa (Klesser, 1960). An aphid-transmitted, spherical virus, approximately 25 nm in diameter, was also reported from India by Chenulu et al. (1968). According to their descriptions, the virus closely resembles a strain of CMV.

Shepherd and Fulton (1962) identified a seed-borne virus of cowpea as a strain of southern bean mosaic virus (SBMV) (Shepherd, 1971). Although a virus isolated from naturally infected cowpea in Arkansas






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had properties somewhat similar to the cowpea strain of SBMV, the two viruses were not serologically related (Shepherd, 1963).

A carlavirus isolated from cowpea in Ghana was described and designated as cowpec mild mottle virus (CMMV) by Brunt and Kenten (1973) and Brunt (1974). Cowpea mild mottle virus is seed-borne in cowpeas, is 650 nm in length and is apparently not transmitted by aphids.

A virus with small isometric particles, isolated from Iranian cowpea seeds was considered as new and named cowpea ringspot virus (CpRV) on the basis of symptomatology and particle morphology, which were similar to uther ringspot viruses (Phatak, 1974;and Phatak et al., 1976). According to Phatak (1974), the virus was not transmitted by aphids, induced intracellular inclusions in cowpea, had a wide experimental host range and was serologically unrelated to 40 other isometric viruses most of which commonly infect various legumes. Cowpea ringspot virus was also transmitted in 15-20% of the seeds of three cowpea cultivars (Phatak et al., 1976).

McLean (1941) studied some physical and biological properties of a cowpea virus and found that it was transmitted by the following species of aphids: Macrosiphum solani Ashm., Acynthosiphon pisum (Harris), Aphis gossypii Glover, Myzus persicae (Sulz.), but not by the bean leaf hopper (Empoasca fabae Le. B.), the tarnished plant bug (Lygus pratensis L.), the Mexican bean beetle (Epilachra corrupta Mls.), and the striped cucumber beetle (Diabrotica vittata Faba). Snyder (1942) described a mosaic disease of asparagus bean, Vigna sesquipedalis Wight, and also studied some biological and physical properties of the causal agent. His positive results obtained with aphid transmission








indicated that these viruses were not identical to the one described by Smith (1924). A cowpea virus similar to those described by McLean (1941) and Snyder (1942) was reported from China by Yu (1946). The virus which was transmitted by aphids was also seed-borne in cowpea. In addition to cowpea, the virus also infected lima bean and adzuki bean, Phaseolus angularis (Willd.) Wight (=Vigna angularis (Willd.) Ohwi. and Ohshi) (Yu, 1946), Cowpea viruses apparently similar to those were also reported from Ceylon (Abrygunawardena and Perera, 1964), Germany (Brandes, 1964), India (Nariani and Kandaswany, 1961), and New Guinea (van Velsen, 1962).

An aphid-borne virus isolated from cowpea in northern Italy was studied by Lovisolo and Conti (1966), and designated as cowpea aphidborne mosaic virus (CAMV). The virus was a rod, approximately 750 nm long, and was seed-Lorne in cowpea, but appeared to be clearly different from BICMV isolated in Florida (Anderson, 1955b), As reported by Lovisolo and Conti (1966), the virus was first recorded and described in Italy by Vidano (1959) and Rui (1960). The virus was transmitted in a non-persistent manner by M. Persicae, Aphis fabae Scop., A. medicaginis Koch, A. gossypii, and Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Thomas) (Vidano and Conti, 1965). A similar virus was later isolated in East Africa and three strains of this virus were differentiated by host range and serology (Bock, 1973). It was also observed that CAMV is distantly serologically related to bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) (Lovisolo and Conti, 1966; and Bock, 1973), but no direct serological relationship was detected with the African type strain of CAMV and potato virus Y (PVY), bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSMV), clover yellow vein virus (CYVV), soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV), sugarcane mosaic virus (SMV),










tobacco severe etch virus (TEV), and iris mosaic virus (IMV) (Bock, 1973; and Bock and Conti, 1974). A seed-transmitted virus tentatively identified as CAMV was considered to be responsible for the most important and widespread disease of cowpeas in Iran (Kaiser et al., 1968). Additional studies bout various properties of the Iranian isolate of CAMV indicated its similarity to the Italian and African isolates (Kaiser and Mossahebi, 1975). A CAMV isolate was also reported from Japan infecting adzuki bean, P. angularis, under natural conditions (Tsuchizaki et al., 1970). Fisher and Lockhart (1976a) isolated a rod-shaped virus from severely infected cowpeas in Morocco and identified it as a strain of CAMV on the basi:; of its particle length, aphid-transmission, host range, serology, and physical properties. The Moroccan isolate differed from those CAMV isolates previously described (Lovisolo and Conti, 1966; Bock, 1973; and Bock and Conti, 1974) by failing to infect Ocimum basilicum L., a diatlnostic species for CAMV (Bock and Conti, 1974), and other plants reported to be systemic hosts for CAMV. Padma and Summawar (1973) indicated the value of Chenopodium murale L. as a good indicator host for differentiation, screening and isolation of a rodshaped cowpea virus and the icosahedral CPMV. Cytoplasmic inclusions were observed in plant cells infected with CAMV (Inouye, 1973; and Nicolaeseu et al., 1976).

A virus isolated from cowpea in India (Khatri and Singh, 1974) was reported to be a strain of CPMV. However, the authors reported aphid transmission of this virus, so its identification as a strain of CPMV is questionable. A filamentous virus approximately 750 nm in length isolated froiii cowpeas in Ghana did not react with antisera specific for CAMV, peanut mottle virus, BCMV, and BYMV (Brunt, 1974).











An aphid-transmitted virus was responsible for complete loss of cowpea in irrigated areas of northern Nigeria (Raheja and Leleji, 1974), Based on the fact that the virus was neither mechanically transmitted nor seed-borne in cowpe,,, Raheja and Leleji (1974) concluded that it was either an atypical strain of CAMV or a new virus not previously described.

A virus isolated from Crotalaria spectabilis Roth in a field at Gainesville, Floridi, was studied by Anderson (1955b) and designated blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV). Anderson (1955b, 1955c) reported that BICMV infected plants of cowpea, Crotalaria and Desmodium in the field, but considered Crotalaria and Desmodium as secondary hosts for the virus. In a subsequent study, Anderson (1959) observed that BICMV was transmitted by M. persicae but not by the bean leaf beetle, C. trifurcata. Cobett (1956) found that BICMV was serologically related to BYMV and identified it as a strain of BYMV. Based on Corbett's conclusion, several subsequent reports have referred to BICMV as a cowpea strain of BYMV (Brierly and Smith, 1962; Kuhn, 1964a; Kuhn et al., 1965; and Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a).

Light and electron microscopic studies of BICMV and BYMV showed marked cytological differences between these two flexuous rod-shaped viruses (Edwardson et al., 1972). According to Edwardson et al. (1972), the cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV were consistently different from those induced by BYMV. In the light microscope, groups of plates were observed in cells of BYMV-infected tissues, whereas groups of tubes were seen in cells of epidermal strips obtained from BlCMV-infected tissue. Electron microscopy of ultrathin sections indicated that BICMV-induced cytoplasmic inclusions consisted of pinwheels with scrolls, whereas BYMV-induced cytoplasmic inclusions were made of pinwheels and






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laminated aggregates. Light and electron microscopic investigations revealed that BICMV induces nuclear inclusions in C. spectabilis (Zettler et al., 1967; Edwardson et al., 1972; and Christie and Edwardson, 1977), while no such inclusions were observed in cells of C. spectabilis infected with BYMV. Based on those cytological distinctions, Edwardson et al. (1972) concluded that BICMV and BYMV are distinct members of the potyvirus group Subsequently, Zettler and Evans (1972) demonstrated that BICMV and BYMV had dissimilar host ranges, providing additional evidence that they are distinct viruses.

In host range Itudies, BICMV was shown to be very similar to BCMV, but different from watermelon mosaic virus-2 (WMV-2), (Uyemoto et al., 1973). Leaf-dip preparations of BICMV-infected tissue revealed the presence of flexuou rods, 750 nm long, and double immunodiffusion tests with BCMV and WMV-2 antisera indicated that BICMV was serologically identical to BCMV and related to, but distinct from WMV-2 (Uyemoto et al., 19/3).


Materials and Methods


Source of Virus isolate

The blackeye cowpea mosaic virus used in this study was isolated from infected seeds of cowpea V. unguiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' harvested from a field in Gainesville, Florida. The virus was transmitted by aphids from infected cowpea plants grown from infected seeds to non-infected 'Knuckle Purple Hull' plants. Two aphids (M. persicae) were used per test plant and each aphid was allowed to have an acquisition period of 30 to 60 sec. A single test plant showing typical mosaic was assayed by leaf-dip electron microscopy for the presence of






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rod-shaped virus particles and used as the initial source of inoculum for virus propagation. The virus was mechanically transmitted from the selected infected plant to healthy 'Knuckle Purple Hull' seedlings, where it was increased for virus and inclusion purification, and other studies.


Virus and Inclusion Purification

Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus was propagated in either V. unguiculata or Nicotiana benthamiana Domin, and systemically infected leaves were used for virus and inclusion purification. Either n-butanol or a combination of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride was used in the clarification process. The adaxial surface of the primary leaves of 5 to 7-day old cowpea seedlings were inoculated with BICMV obtained by grinding infected lef tissue in 0.05 M potassium phosphate (KPO4) buffer, pH 7.5 (1/2, w/v). The first trifoliolate leaves showing typical mosaic were collected 15 to 18 days later and subjected to the following purification procedures based on previous works (Hiebert et al., 1971; Hiebert arid McDonald, 1973; and McDonald and Hiebert, 1975).

n Butanol clarification method. Two hundred to 400 g of leaf tissue were homogenized in a blender with two parts (w/v) of 0.5 M KPO4 buffer, pH 7.5, containing 0.5 to 1.0% sodium sulfite (Na2SO ). The resulting extract was filtered through a double layer of cheesecloth and enough n-butanol was added to make a final concentration of 8% (v/v). This mixture was stirred overnight at 4 C and the coagulated green debris obtained was removed by a low speed centrifugation at 11,700 9 in a Sorvall Centrifuge (Sorvall Superspeed RC2-B Automatic Refrigerated Centrifuge) for 10 min, Virions were precipitated from the supernantant by the addition of 6 8% (w/v) of polyethylene glycol






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MW 6000 (PEG) followed by stirring for 60 min. The precipitated virions were collected by certrifugation at 13,200 g for 10 min. The resulting pellet was resuspended in 0.02 M KPO4, pH 8.2, containing 0.1% 2-mercapthoethanol (2-ME) (v/v) and the virus was separated from the host components by equilibrium density gradient centrifugation (120,000 g for 16 18 hr in a beckman SW 50.1 rotor) in 30% cesium chloride (CsCl) prepared in the same buffer. The virus zone, located at 12 to 15 mm from the bottom of ihe tube, was collected dropwise through a hole punched in the bottojii of the tube and diluted with 0.02 M KPO4, pH 8.2, containing 0.1% 2-ME. The virus preparation was clarified by centrifugation at 11,700 g for 10 min and reconcentrated by centrifugation at 85,000 y for 90 min. The final pellet was resuspended in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and the virus concentration was determined spectrophotometrically using an ,xtinction coefficient of 2.4 mg/ml (Purcifull, 1966). The optical density (0.0.) readings for the virus at wavelengths of 260 and 280 nm were corrected for light scattering before estimating the 260/280 ratio and concentrations of virus in purified preparations. The correction for light scattering was done by plotting the log of the optical densities against the wavelengths of 320, 340, and 360 nm and extrapolating these values to 230 300 nm range of wavelength.

Chloroform-carbon tetrachloride clarification method. This clarification process was selected when it was desirable to purify both the virus and inclusions from the same batch of tissue. Systemically infected tissue (200 400 g) were homogenized in a solution containing 1.30 ml of 0.5 M KPO4 (pH 7.5), 0.35 ml of chloroform, 0.35 ml of carbon tetrachloride, and 5.0 mg of Na2SO3 per gram of tissue.






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The homogenized mixture was centrifuged in a Sorvall Centrifuge at 5,000 rpm for 5 min and the pellet containing the organic solvents was discarded. The aqueous phase was centrifuged at 13,200 g for 15 min to precipitate the virus induced inclusions. The supernatant was treated as previously described for virus purification and the pellet containing the inclusions was resuspended in 0.05 M KPO4, pH 8.2, and

0.1% 2-ME. The inclusion suspension was homogenized in a Sorvall Omni-mixer homogenizer for 2 min and enough Triton X-100 was added to make a final concentration of 5% (v/v) After stirring for one hour at 4 C this mixture was subjected to a low speed centrifugation of 27,000 g for 15 min to precipitate the inclusions. The pellet was resuspended in 10 to 20 ml of 0.02 M KPO4, pH 8.2, containing 0.1% 2-ME, and homogenized for 30 sec. The inclusions were sedimented again by centrifugation of 27,000 g for 15 min. The pellet was homogenized for 30 sec and the homogenate was layered on a sucrose step gradient made up of 10 ml of 80%, 7 ml of 60%, and 7 ml of 50% (w/v) sucrose in 0.02 M KPO4, pH 8.2. The gradient was centrifuged for one hour at 27,000 rpm in a Beckman SW 25.1 rotor. The inclusions layered on top of the 80% sucrose zone and were collected by droplet from the bottom of the tube. To remove the sucrose, the inclusions were diluted in 0.02 M KPO4, pH 8 2, and precipitated by a centrifugation at 27,000 g for 15 min. The pellet was resuspended in 0,02 M Tris, pH 8,2, and inclusion yield was estimated spectrophotometrically after being disrupted in 2% sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The inclusion preparations were either immediately used for immunization of rabbits or stored at

-20 C by either freezing directly or by freeze-drying.






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Clarification with n-butanol and chloroform-carbon tetrachloride.

Because n-butanol resulted in virus preparations of higher purity, but chloroform-carbon tetrachloride was superior for preservation of inclusion proteins (Hit-bert, unpublished), these solvent systems were combined for purification of virus and inclusions from the same batch of tissue. Infected tissue was homogenized with two parts (w/v) of 0.5 M KPO4, pH 7.5, ontaininq 0 5 1.0% Na2SO3. The homogenate was filtered through cheesecloth and subjected to centrifugation at 11,700 g for 10 nin. The supernatant was used for virus purification as described previously using n-butanol for clarification. The pellet was resuspended in approximately 2 volumes of 0,5 M KPO4, pH 8.2, 0.5% Na2SO homogenized with one volume of chloroform-carbon tetrachloride (1:1, v/v) and centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 5 min in a Sorvall Centrifuge. The aqueous phase was subjected to a centrifugation at 11,700 g for 15 min. The supernatant was collected for additional virus purification using PEG, equilibrium density-gradient centrifugation and differential centrifugation. The pellet was resuspended in 0.05 M KPO 4, pH 8.2, containing 0.1% 2-ME and treated with 5% Triton X-100. The inclusions were then purified by sucrose step gradient centrifugation as described above.


Virus Particle Size Determination

Crude leaf extracts from systemically infected cowpea plants and purified virus preparations were negatively stained in 2% potassium phosphotungstate (PTA), pH 6.5, containing 0.1% bovine serum albumin (BSA) prior to photography in an electron microscope. The procedure used was similar to those previously described (Edwardson et al., 1968 and Purcifull et al., 1970). Small pieces of B1CMV-infected leaf were






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chopped with a razor blade in 2% PTA, pH 6.5, containing 0.1% BSA on a glass slide and a small quantity of the resulting cell extract was deposited on a carbon coated Formvar film supported by 75 x 300 mesh copper grids. Excess liquid was then removed by touching momentarily the edge of the grid with a filter paper and the specimen was allowed to air-dry. The purified virus was stained directly on the grid. A small drop of virus solution was deposited on the grid. After I 2 min, the virus solution was partially blotted with a piece of filter paper and a small drop of 2% PTA solution was added. The grid was blotted and allowed to air-dry. The grids were then examined in a Philips Model 200 electron microscope. The virus particles were observed, photographd and their sizes were estimated by comparing projected micrographs to micrographs of a diffraction grating (2160 lines/mm). Twenty-five virus particles from leaf extracts and 190 particles from a purified preparation were measured and classified according to their length at intervals of 50 and 20 nm.

Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus-grids prepared according to the

serologically specific electron microscopic technique (SSEM) developed by Derrick and Brlansky (1976) were also used for virus particle measurements. Parlodion film grids sensitized with BICMV-antiserum (BICMV-As) were treated with cowpea leaf extract containing BICMV and positively stained with 1% uranyl acetate in 50% ethanol. The SSEM technique will be described in more detail in Chapter II. Stability of Virus in Sap

Thermal inactivation point (TIP), longevity in vitro (LIV), and

dilution end point (DEP) were determined for BICMV using C. amaranticolor as an assay plant. The TIP was determined by heating crude sap of






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BICMV-infected cowpea leaves to 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75 C for 10 min. All treated saps as well as unheated sap of BlCMV-infected tissue were rubbed on the test plants, which were maintained in greenhouse conditions for at least three weeks for observation of symptoms.

Crude sap of infected leaves obtained in deionized water was

placed in test tubes and assayed for infectivity after storage at room temperature for 0, 8, 16, 24, 48, and 72 hr. For the DEP determination, crude juice was extracted from BICMV-infected leaves, and the extract was diluted to 10 10-2 10 10 10, and 10-6 with deionized water prior to assay.


Polyacrylamide Gel [lectrophoresis of Viral and Inclusion Proteins

The polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis studies were performed according to the method of Weber and Osborn (1969) as modified by Hiebert and McDonald (1973). Running gels of approximately 75 mm in height were prepared with 6% acrylamide (7.5 ml sodium phosphate buffer, pH 7.2; 15.0 ml water; 0.15 ml 10% SDS; 6.0 ml of 30% acrylamide;

0.045 ml N, N, N', N'-tetramethylenediamine (TEMED) and 1.2 ml ammonium persulphate 15 mg/ml), and a well-forming gel of 8% acrylamide with onefifth the electrophoresis buffer concentration (1.2 ml buffer; 7.2 mil H20; 0.2 ml 10% SDS; 3.0 ml of 30% acrylamide; 0.04 ml TEMED, and 0.3 ml ammonium persulphate 15 mg/ml) was cast on top of them. Disassociated protein solutions, 20 50 P samples in approximately 20% sucrose and one-fifth the electrophoresis buffer concentration, were placed into the formed wells. The top of the samples were covered with a cap gel of composition similar to the well-forming gel. The electrophoresis was performed in a vertical slab electrophoresis apparatus, Ortec, Model 4010/4011, Ortec, Incorporated,Oak Ridge, Tenn.,






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for 1.5 to 4.0 hr at 160 V with a pulsed constant power supply at 300 pulses per second and about 90 mA current,

Prior to being used for electrophoresis, the protein was disassociated by mixing 0.2 ml of protein solution with 0.1 nil of 10% SDS and 10 20 pl 2-ME and heating this mixture in boiling water for 1 to 2 min. Samples of 20 50 pl of disassociated proteins were added to

0.1 ml of one-fifth of the electrophoresis buffer concentration, containing 30% sucrose and 0.15% SDS.

Serum albumin (MW 67,000), glutamate dehydrogenase (MW 53,000), ovalbuniin (MW 43,000), carbonic anhydrase (MW 29,000), and TMV coat protein (MW 17,500) were used as protein markers to estimate the molecular weight values for inclusions and virus coat protein subunits.

After electrophoresis, the gel slabs were stained and fixed

overnight in a staining solution containing 50% methanol, 10% glacial acetic acid, and 0.1/ Coomassie brilliant blue R250. Before photography, the gels were destained by soaking them for 8 hr in a solution made up of 10% methanol and 7.5% acetic acid followed by several changes in the solution over a period of several days. The distances migrated by the protein subunits into the running gels were measured from the photographs of the stained gels. Sedimentation Coefficient Determination

The sedimentation rates of fresh and stored purified BICMV in either 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2 or 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2 were measured with a Beckman Model E analytical ultracentrifuge according to the method of Markham (1960). After the rotor reached a speed of 27,690 rpm photographs were taken at 4 min intervals using






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Schlieren optics. The data were corrected for standard water viscosity conditions at 20 C, but not for the effect of virus concentration. The virus concentration: used varied from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/ml.


Serology

Antiserum production for virus and cytoplasmic inclusions. Antisera were obtained by injecting a New Zealand white rabbit with untreated virions and a second rabbit with pyrrolidine-degraded virus protein. All rabbits selected for immunization were first bled to produce normal sera. The concentrations of untreated B1CMV in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, used in the immunization process varied from 1.0 to 2.0 mg of nucleoprotein per ml of purified solution. BICMV used for pyrrolidine degradation was suspended in 0.005 M borate buffer, pH 8.2. The virus protein was degraded according to the method used by Shepard (1972). A virus solution was mixed with an equal volume of 5% pyrrolidine in distilled water (v/v). The mixture was then immediately dialyzed against two liters of 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2, containing 0.37% actual formaldehyde for approximately 48 hr at 4 C to remove the pyrrolidine and fix the protein subunits.

A series of 4 to 5 intramuscular injections was given to each

rabbit with an interval of 10 to 15 days between the injections. Each injection consisted of 1.0 to 2.0 ml preparations of virus or degraded viral protein vigorously emulsified with equal volume of Freund's complete or incomplete adjuvants (Difco). Booster injections were given at intervals of about 2 months.

The immunized animals were bled every week, starting 10 to 15

days after the last injection of the initial series of 4 5 injections.






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The rabbits were fasted for 4 12 hr prior to each bleeding and 30 50 ml of blood were collected into glass tubes according to the procedure described by Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). Blood samples were allowed to clot for approximately 45 min at 37 C in a waterbath. The clotted blood was subjected to a centrifugation of 2,000 rpm in a Sorvall table centrifuge for 10 min. The antisera were transferred with a Pasteur pipette to conical-bottomed tubes and clarified by a second centrifugation at 5,000 rpm for 10 min. Antiserum specificity and titer were determined by Ouchterlony (1962) double-diffusion tests in SDS-agar plates. The antisera were stored at -20 C by either freezing directly or after freeze-drying.

The BICMV-indued cytoplasmic inclusions (BICMV-1) used for antiserum production were purified from N, benthamiana. Freshly purified cylindrical inclusions, which were unreactive with antiviral sera, were used for immunization and the foot pad route of immunization (Ziemiecki and Wood, 1975) was used. The rabbit received three injections into the foot pad, each ,ontaining 0.1 ml of purified inclusions (0.1 0.2

0.D. units/ml at 280 nm) in 0.02 M Tris, pH 8.2, emulsified with an equal volume of either Freund's complete or incomplete adjuvants.

Serological tests. Both double and single immunodiffusion tests

in agar gel were used in the present study. Most double immunodiffusion tests were performed in agar medium containing 0.8% Noble agar (Difco);

0.5% SDS (Sigma) and i.0% NaN3 (Sigma) in deionized water (Purcifull and Batchelor, 1977), or 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer pH 7.2. Reactant wells were punched in the solidified agar medium with an adjustable gel cutting device made by Grafar Corp., Detroit, Mich. Routinely the wells (7 mm in diamn!ter) were punched in an hexagonal arrangement






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consisting of a center well with six peripheral wells spaced 4 5 mm from the center well as measured from the edges of the wells. Different gel patterns were also used in certain tests. Antigens used as reactants were prepared either in deionized water or in 1.5% SDS solution, according to Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). In the first case, fresh tissue was ground with a mortar and pestle in deionized water (1/2, w/v) and expressed through cheesecloth. The second method which was more commonly used, consisted of grinding fresh tissue in 1.0 ml of water per gram of tissue and adding 1.0 ml of 3.0% SDS per gram of tissue prior to expressing the sap through cheesecloth. The antigens and undiluted antisera were pipetted directly into the appropriate wells, and the plates were incubated in a moist chamber at 24 C for 24 48 hr. The development of precipitation patterns was observed by looking at the plates, which were illuminated from the bottom with indirect lighting. The reactants were removed and 15% charcoal (Norit A) in water (w/v) was added into the wells before photographs were taken.

Single radial immunodiffusion tests were conducted in agar media containing 0.8% Noble agar, 1.0% NaN3, 0.3 or 0.5% SDS, and 10, 15, or 20% BICMV antiserum. Media were prepared either with antiserum obtained for untreated BICMV and antiserum for pyrrolidine degraded BICMVprotein. Each SDS concentration in the media was tested with antigens prepared in distilled water or in 1.5% SDS. During medium preparation, care was taken to avoid heating the antisera over 50 C and while exposed to SDS, the antisera were maintained at 50 C for less than 2 min.

Single radial diffusion plates were also prepared with a mixture of antisera to BICIV and CPMV. The CPMV-antiserum was prepared by






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immunizing a rabbit with CPMV degraded by SDS according to a procedure described by Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). A lyophilized, purified preparation containing approximately 3 mg of CPMV was resuspended in I ml of 1.0% SDS solution containing 2.0% 2-ME, and boiled for approximately 5 min before emulsification with Freund's adjuvant and intramuscular injection into a rabbit. Three similar injections were given into the same rabbit with 7-day intervals between injections.

Serological relationship between BICMV and other potyviruses. Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BICMV and the following potyviruses were conducted in SDS-containing media: bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), bean common mosaic virus (BCMV-BV-1), bean common mosaic virus-siratro isolate (BCMV-S), bidens mottle virus (BiMV), dasheen mosaic virus (DMV), lettuce mosaic virus (LMV), pepper mottle virus (PeMV), potato virus, Y (PVY), soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV), tobacco etch virus (TEV), turnip mosaic virus (TuMV), watermelon mosaic virus-i (WMV-1), and watermelon mosaic virus-2 (WMV-2). The source of each antiserum was as follows: BYMV (Jones and Diachun, 1977); BCMV-BV-1 (J. K. Uyemoto, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station); BCMV-S (Lima et al., 1977); DMV (Abo El-Nil et al., 1977); BiMV, LMV, PeMV, PVY, SoyMV, TEV, TuMV, WMV-1, and WMV-2 (D. E. Purcifull, University of Florida, Gainesville).

Using BICMV-As, the serological relationship of BICMV with

commelina mosaic virus (CoMV) (Morales and Zettler, 1977), a Moroccan isolate of CAMV (Fischer and Lockhart, 1976a), pepper veinal mottle virus (PVMV) and pokeweed mosaic virus (PWMV) were also studied in double diffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens. In all serological tests, the reactants were arranged so that BICMV was always placed in






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a well adjacent to the other virus-well. Sap extracts from appropriate healthy host tissues were included as controls in all serological tests, and all antigens were also tested against normal serum.

The intragel cross-absorption technique described by van Regenmortel (1966) was also used to study the serological relationships of 81CMV with BCMV-S and CAMV. Purified preparations of heterologous antigens (BCMV-S or CAMV) were placed in the center well and allowed to diffuse for approximately 24 hr. The excess of the antigen preparations were then removed and the BICMV antiserum was added in the same well. At the same time, the homologous and the heterologous antigens were positioned in the outer wells.


Light and Electron Microscopy of Virus Induced Pinwheel Inclusions

Epidermal leaf strips obtained from systemically infected cowpea, V. unguiculata, were floated on a 5% solution of Triton X-100 for 5 to 10 min and subsequently stained with a combination of calcomine orange and "luxol" brilliant green as described by Christie (1967). The stained leaf strips were mounted in euparal on glass slides and examined with a light microscope for the presence of cytoplasmic inclusions. Similarly, strips from noninoculated V. unguiculata were also stained and examined in the light microscope as controls.

Cylindrical inclusions were examined in situ in ultrathin sections with an electron microscope. Small pieces were taken from symptomatic areas of systemically infected cowpea leaves and fixed for 2 to 3 hr at room temperature in Karnovsky's formaldehydeglutaraldehyde fixative prepared in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer, pH 7.2 (Karnovsky, 1965). After washing with 0.1 M cacodylate buffer, the small leaf pieces were postfixed for I to 2 hr at room temperature






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in 2% osmium tetroxide and progressively dehydrated in an increasing ethanol solution series. The leaf pieces were maintained for 5 to 15 min in each ethanol solution at room temperature. The pieces were stained overnight at 4 C in a solution of 75% ethanol containing 2% uranyl acetate and subsequently dehydrated in a second series of ethanol solutions (75 100Z) followed by 100% acetone or propylene oxide. They were then embedded in plastic containing Epon 812, Araldite 502, and dodecenylsuccinic anhydride. Ultrathin sections were cut with a diamond knife in a Sorvall MT-2 ultramicrotome and mounted on copper grids with carbon-coated Formvar film. The specimens mounted on the grids were poststained with 9% potassium permanganate (2 min), 1% uranyl acetate (2 nmin), and lead citrate (2 min). These sections as well as those obtained from noninoculated cowpea plants were examined with a Philips Model 200 electron microscope.

Purified BICMV-1 preparations were mounted on carbon-coated Formvar film supported by copper grids and stained with either 1% ammonium molybdate or 2% uranyl acetate, before examination by electron microscopy.


Host Range and Screening Cowpea Varieties for Resistance

Test plants were inoculated with crude sap from 'Knuckle Purple Hull' systemically infected with BICMV. The inoculum was prepared by grinding leaf tissue in 0.05 M KP04, pH 7.5 (1/2, w/v). The inoculations were done by rubbing the inoculum on carborundum-dusted leaves of the test plants which were maintained in greenhouse conditions for at least one month for observation of symptoms. All inoculated plants, Including those that did not show any symptoms were checked serologically for the presence of BICMV.






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The cowpea varieties were also inoculated with CPMV, CAMV, and BCMV-S. Crude sap from all inoculated cowpea plants were also tested in double immunodiffusion against antisera specific for CPMV, BICMV, and BCMV-S, respectively. Since CAMV was shown to be serologically related to BICMV, the serological tests to detect its presence in the inoculated plants were done with BICMV antiserum.


Results


Purification and Properties of Blackeye Cowpea Mosaic Virus

Purified preparations of BICMV were obtained from systemically infected leaves of either V. unquiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (Fig. 1-A) or N. benthamiana using the purification procedures diagrammed in Figures 2, 3, and 4. The best yield with the highest degree of purity was obtained using the first method of virus purification (Fig. 2) and infected cowpea leaves (Fig. I-A) as a source of virus. The first trifoliolate cowpea leaves collected 15 to 18 days after inoculations gave the highest yield of virus (8 10 mg) per 100 g (fresh weight) of infected tissue and n-butanol proved to be the best clarifying agent for cowpea tissue. An opalescent,sharp virus-band was usually obtained after equilibrium density gradient centrifugation in 30% CsCI. The virus zone was located at 12 to 15 nm from the bottom of the tube while most of the green host components stayed at the top portion of the gradient. The clear pellet obtained after a high speed centrifugation of virus removed from CsCI gradients confirmed the absence of colored host components. The combination of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride,although necessary for inclusion purification, was an inferior method of clarification for obtaining virus from cowpea


































Figure 1 Systemic and localized symptoms induced by blackeye cowpea
mosaic virus (BICMV) in cowpea, V. unguiculata 'Knuckle
Purple Hull' and C. amaranticolor.

A) Typical mosaic on secondary trifoliolate leaf of cowpea plant inoculated with BICMV (1), and primary
trifoliate leaf showing vein clearing (2).

B) Local lesions on leaf of C. amaranticolor inoculated
with BICMV.





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Figure 2 Flow diagramn outlining the procedure of purification of
BICMV using n-butanol as clarifying agent, polyethylene
glycol (PEG) for virus concentration, CsCl gradient
centrifugation for separation of virus from host components, and differential centrifugation for further virus purification. For details, see description in
materials and methods section.





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SYSTEMICALLY INFECTED TISSUE

0.51 KPO4 pH 7.5 + 0.5-1.0% Na2SO3

GRIND

FILTER 8% PUTANOL STIr: OVERNIGHT CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g 10min PELLET (Discard) SUP1RNATANT 8% fEG STIR : 60min CENfRIFUGATION: 11700 g lOmin SUPERNATANT (Discard)

PELLET O.O2M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1% 2-ME CsC1 GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: d=1.28g/cc 120000g 18 hr COL ECT VIRUS ZONE CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g 10min PELLET (Discard) SUP RNATANT CENTRIFUGATION: 85000g 90min SUPERNATANT (Discard)
PEL ET



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Figure 3 Flow diagram, outlining the procedure for purification
of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions, using chloroform
and carbon tetrachloride as clarifying agents. The procedure is described in the text.





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SYSTEMICALLY INFECTED TISSUE

0.5M KPO4 pH 7.5 + CHC13+ CC14+ 1 Na2SO3

CENTRIFUGATION: 4,000g 5min PELLET
(Discard)

SUPERlNATANT

CENTRIFUGATION: 11,700g 15min


SUPERNATANT I PELLET (Virus) (Inclu ions) 8' EG 0.0 M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1' 2-ME

STIR : 60min HOMOGENIZATION

CEN RIFUGATION: 11,700g 10min 5% jRITON-X

SUPERNATANT CENTRIFUGATION: 27,000g 15min (Discard)
PELLET SUPERNATANT (Discard)
O.O.M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1% 2-ME PELET PEL ET
CsC1 GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION:
d=l 28g/cc-120000g 18hr SUCROSE STEP GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: I 45,00g 60min COLECT VIRUS ZONE I
COLLECT INCLUSION ZONE CEN RIFUGATION: 11,700g 10min
CENTRIFUGATION: 27,000g 15min PELLET
(Discard) SUPERNATANT
SUPERNATANT (Discard)

CEN RIFUGATION: 85,000g 90min PELLET

SUPERNATAN I
0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 PELLET I N C L U S I O N S

0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 V I R U S





































Figure 4 Flow diagrami outlining the steps carried out during the
purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions by a combination of the first (Fig. 2) and second (Fig. 3)
methods for purification of virus and inclusions.





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INFECTED TISSUE
0. M KPO4 pH 7.5 + 0.5-1.0% Na2SO3

GRIND
FI TER
VIRUS ONLY FI

CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g-10min

SUPERNATANT ELLET
(Virus) (Inclu ions + Some Virus)
8% UTANOL 0.5M KPO4 pH 8.2 + Na2SO3+ CHC3 + CC14
STI : OVERNIGHT I
CENTRIFUGATION: 4000g-5min CEN RIFUGATION: 11700g-1Omin
PELLE
PELLET (Discard) (Discard)
AQUEOUS PHASE
SUPgRNATANT I
RNATANT CENIRIFUGATION: 11700g-15min 8% EG o l SUPERNATN
STI : 60min (Virus)
CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g-1Omin PEL ET
SUPERNATANT HOM GENIZATION
(Discard)
5% RITON-X
CEN RIFUGATION: 27000g-15min
0.0 M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1% 2-ME SUPERNATAN
CsC GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: (Discard) 1
d=l.28g/cc 120000g 18hr PELLET PELLET
COLLECT VIRUS ZONE
COLT VIRUS ZONE 0.0 M KPO4 pH 8.2 + O.It 2-ME CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g-1Omin SUC
SUC OSE STEP GRADIENT PELLET CENjRIFUGATION: 45000g-60min
COLLECT INCLUSION ZONE SUPERNATANT
I CENTRIFUGATION: 27000q-15min CENTRIFUGATION: 85000g-90min SUPERNATANTSUPERNATAN (Discard) (Discard) PELEPEL ET
0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 I N C L U S I O N S
V I R U S






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tissues. With this method, a clear sap was obtained after the first low speed centrifugation but the virus zone in the CsCl gradient was

not very well separated from the host components,

Plants of C. amaranticolor and V. unguiculata mechanically

inoculated with purified preparations of BICMV showed the first symptoms of local lesions and systemic mosaic (Fig. 1) 4 and 7 days after inoculation, respectively. The ultraviolet absorption curve (Fig. 5) obtained for the purified preparations of BICMV had a maximum between 260 and 262 nm, and a minimum at 244 to 245 nm. The ratio between the absorption at wavelengths of 260 and 280 nm was approximately 1,2 after correction for light scattering, as would be expected for a member of the PVY gr)up. This value is consistent and agrees with those of other long flexuous rod-shaped viruses (Shepherd and Purcifull, 1971; Tosic et al., 1974; and Barnett and Alper, 1977), The virus solutions showed strong stream birefringence and electron microscopic examinations indicated that 73% of the 190 virus particles examined were between 700 and 800 nm (Figs. 6, 7, 8). The rods observed in the purified preparations (Fig. 6) indicated a low percentage of virus fragmentation during the purification processes. As the result of end-to-end virus aggregation, a few particles with 1400 to 1500 nm were also observed, Purified virus preparations usually were relatively free of normal plant constituents when examined with the electron microscope and in the spectrophotometer.

Sedimentation coefficients determined for the virus at 20 C either in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, or in 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2, indicated that BICMV sedimented as a single species with the s20 values of 157 159 S. On the other hand, the Schlieren pattern (Fig. 9)



































Figure 5 Absorption spectra of purified preparations of BICMV
in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and BICMV cytoplasmic
inclusionis in the same buffer.





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and in cowpea leaf extracts.

A) Purified preparation of BICMV negatively stained
with 2% phosphotungstic acid, pH 6.5, containing
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B) Serologically specific electron microscopy (SSEM)
of leaf extract from cowpea plants systemically
infected with BICMV. Antiserum for BICMV diluted
1/1000 in 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.2, was used
to sensitize the grid and the virus particles
were positively stained with 1% uranyl acetate.
Note the considerable increase in virus concentration compared with the normal leaf-dip preparation
(C);

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systemically infected with BICMV, negatively
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revealed a difference in S values between BICMV in fresh preparations and BlCMV in purified preparations stored at 4 C for more than 30 days. Both virus preparations showed a single sedimenting peak, but the s20 values for BICMV in fresh preparations and at a concentration varying from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/ml ranged from 157 to 159 S while the s20 values for the virus in the stored preparations and at the same concentrations ranged from 140 to 142 S (Fig. 9). The lower sedimentation coefficients obtained for the stored virus suggested that a change in virus mass (MW) had occurred. Hiebert and McDonald (1976) observed some possible enzymatic degradation of capsid protein of purified turnip mosaic virus. Proteolytic degradation of capsid protein of stored purified preparations of BICMV was also observed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) studies. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis of SDS-degraded virus of a freshly purified preparation of BICMV revealed a main protein component with an estimated molecular weight (MW) of 34,000 daltons and two smaller ones with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons (Fig. 10). These smaller components may have arisen by degradation of the slow moving component during storage (Hiebert and McDonald, 1976). Stored BICMV preparations contained only the faster moving protein components with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons (Fig. 10), presumably derived from 34,000 daltons component.


Purified Inclusion Preparations

Using either of the methods outlined in Figs. 3 and 4, purified cylindrical inclusions induced by BICMV were obtained from the same batches of systemically infected leaf tissue of V. unguiculata or



































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with stored (A), and fresh (B), purified preparations
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reached a speed of 27,690 rpm. Sedimentation is from
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N. benthamiana used for virus purification. Electron microscopy of purified BICMV-1 negatively stained with molybdate revealed the presence of tubular inclusions with only trace amounts of host components (Fig. 11). At high magnification, striations of protein subunits were observed on individual tubes (Fig. 11-D). These regularly spaced striations were estimated to have a periodicity of approximately

5 nm. Striations with similar periodicity have been observed in cytoplasmic inclusions induced by several other potyviruses (Edwardson et al., 1968; Hiebert and McDonald, 1973; and Morales and Zettler, 1977). Few virus particles were observed in the purified preparations of BICMV-1 which were not reactive to BICMV-As (Fig. 12). Purified preparations of BICMV-1 with the highest degree of purity were obtained from N. benthamiana, with yields of 5 to 20 A280 units were usually obtained from 100 g of fresh weight of N. benthamiana or V. unguiculata tissues. The ultraviolet absorption spectrum obtained for SDS disassociated BICMV-I was typical of proteins, with a maximum at 277 nm and a minimum at 246 248 nm (Fig. 5). Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of SDS-disrupted inclusion proteins revealed a single subunit component estimated to have a MW of 70,000 daltons (Fig. 10). Virus Particle Size and Stability in Sap

Electron microscopic examinations of purified preparations of BICMV negatively stained with PTA indicated that 73% of 190 virus particles measured were between 700 and 800 nm with a modal length of 753 nm. Particle measurements of several leaf-dip preparations negatively stained with PTA and of grids prepared for SSEM with infected cowpea leaf tissue gave modal lengths of 758 and 780 nm,


































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cytoplasmic inclusions stained with molybdate. All
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respectively, with 90% of the particle lengths ranging from 700 to 800 nm (Figs. 7 and 8). Some variation was observed with the particle size of purified virus stained with PTA and virus particles in leaf extracts prepared by SSEM and stained with uranyl acetate (Figs. 7 and 8). On the other hand, grids with less plant debris and higher concentrations of virus particles were obtained with SSEM than with the conventional leaf-dip preparation (Fig. 6). Using normal leaf-dip preparations at least four grids were prepared and 10 electron micrographs were taken to measure a maximum of 25 virus particles. On the other hand, 132 virus particles were measured by examining two micrographs obtained by SSEM.

In cowpea leaf extracts, BICMV had a TIP of 65 C, LIV of 48 hr, and DEP of 10 4. Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus was still infectious after 10 min at 60 C: but not at 65 C and lost its infectivity after 48 hr at room temperature, but not at 24 hr. Sap of cowpea leaves systemically infected with BICMV lost infectivity when diluted more than 103 with distilled water.


Serology

Antisera specific for BICMV were obtained against untreated

virions and pyrrolidine degraded viral protein. Both antisera reacted with SDS- or pyrrolidine-treated BICMV in purified preparations or in plant sap in double and single radial diffusion tests (Figs. 12, 13, 14). Most bleedings were specific for viral antigens; however, some bleedings also reacted with extracts from healthy plants, suggesting the presence of antibodies specific for normal plant components. To remove these antibodies the antiserum was absorbed with plant






















Figure 13 Single radial diffusion tests in agar media containing
different concentrations of SDS and antisera for blackeye cowpea nsaic virus (BICMV-As) and cowpea mosaic
virus (CPMV-As)

The media in (A, B, C) contain 0,8% Noble agar,
1.0% NaN3, 0.3% SDS, and 10% BICMV-As (A), 15% BICMV-As
(B), and 20% BICMV-As (C). The media in (D, E, F)
contain 0.81 Noble agar, 1.0% NaN3, 0.5% SDS, and 10% BICMV-As (0), 15% BICMV-As (E), and 20% BICMV-As (F).
The wells in (A, B, C, D, E, F) were charged with:
(1) extracts from BICMV-infected cowpea prepared in
1.5Z SOS 1/2 (w/v), (2) solution used in "I" diluted
1/2 with 1.54 SDS, (4) solution used in "l" diluted 1/4 with 1.55 SDS, (8) solution used in "1" diluted
1/8 with 1.5 SDS, and (H) extract from healthy cowpea
prepared in 1.5% SDS.

The media in (G, H) contain 0.8% Noble agar,
1.0% NaN 0.51 SDS, and 15% BICMV-As + 15% CPMV-As (G), and 10 BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (H). The media
in (I, J) contain 0.8% Noble aqar, 1.0% NaN3, 0.3%
SDS, and 10% BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (1), and 8%
BICMV-As + 8Y CPMV-As (J). The wells in (G, H, 1, J) were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: BICMVinfected cowpea (row no. i), CPMV-infected cowpea
(row no. 2), cowpea leaf tissue containing both
BICMV and CPMV (row no. 3), and healthy cowpea (row
no. 4).




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degraded capsid protein of blackeye cowpea mosaic virus
(BICMV) and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV).

The media in (A, B, C) contain 0.8% Noble agar,
1.0% NaN3, 0.5 SDS, and 15% BICMV-As (A), 15% CPMV-As
(B), and l0:< BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (C). The wells
were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: BICMVinfected coupea (row i), CPMV-infected cowpea (row 2),
BICMV and CPMV in cowpea (row 3), and healthy cowpea
(row 4).

The media in (D, E, F) contain 0.8% Noble agar,
0.20 NaN, 0.85% NaCl, and 15% BlCMV-As (D), 15%
CPMV-As (E), and 10% BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (F)
prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer, pH 7.2. The
wells were charged with pyrrolidine-treated extract from: BICMV-infected cowpea (row 1), CPMV-infected
cowpea (row 2), BICMV and CPMV in cowpea (row 3),
and healthy cowpea leaves (row 4).




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components purified from V. unguiculata by high speed centrifugation according to the method used by Purcifull et al. (1973). The high specificity of most of the antisera obtained against purified BICMV preparations confirmed the efficiency of the methods used for its purification. The titers of antiserum varied depending on the bleeding date and on the rabbits, but 32 was the highest antiserum titer estimated by SDS-gel double immunodiffusion tests with a series of dilutions (1/2, i/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32) of BlCMV-infected cowpea tissue prepared in 1.5% SDS.

Antiserum specific for cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV was obtained from a rabbit injected with preparations of BICMV-I purified from infected tissue of N. benthamiana. The BICMV-I antiserum reacted specifically with purified preparations of BICMV-I and crude sap of BICMV-infected cowpea, but not with either purified preparations of BICMV or crude sp of noninoculated plants (Fig. 12-B). The positive reactions with BICMV-I were more evident after 48 hr of incubation. The results obtained with BICMV antiserum also indicated that BICMV was not serologically related to its cytoplasmic inclusions (Fig. 12-A). Attempts to obtain specific antiserum by injecting rabbits with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea tissue were unsuccessful. All three rabbits injected with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea developed high titers of antibodies specific for normal plant tissue antigens.

Single radial immunodiffusion studies in SDS-agar medium impregnated with the virus antiserum indicated that appropriate SDS and antiserum concentrations need to be previously selected for highest sensitivity and to avoid spurious reactions. The best results were






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observed when the antigens were prepared in 1.5% SDS and the medium used had 0.3% SDS and 10% antiserum (Fig. 13-A) or 0.5% SDS and 15% antiserum (Fig. 13-E). The same results were consistently observed with different batches of plates with the same medium compositions. Similar results were also observed with CPMV using antiserum obtained for SDS-treated virus. On the other hand, different results were observed in SDS medium containing a mixture of BICMV and CPMV antisera. All media containing 0.3% SDS were cloudy with all combinations of BICMV and CPMV antisera used (Fig. 13-1, -J),indicating some type of interaction between SDS and antiserum proteins. However, even with the cloudy appearance, some virus-specific reactions were still observed (Fig. 13-1, -J). Clearer media were obtained with 0.5% SDS and 10 or 15% of each antiserum. The best reactions, however, were observed when both BICMV and CPMV antisera were used at concentrations of 10% in media containing 0.5% SDS (Fig. 13-H). Strong precipitin rings were observed around the wells containing BICMV or a combination of BlCMV and CPMV whereas weaker reactions were observed around the wells containing only CPMV (Figs. 13-H, 14-C). Unexpectedly, no reactions were observed around the wells containing only CPMV in a medium containing 15% of each antiserum and 0,5% of SDS (Fig. 13-G).

Virus-specific reactions using BICMV and CPMV antisera were also obtained with the single radial diffusion method described by Shepard (1972). Precipitin rings around the virus-wells were observed when the antigens were prepared in 1.5 or 2.5% pyrrolidine and the medium used contained 0.8Z Noble agar, 0.2% NaN3, and 10 to 15% virus antisera prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer, pH 7.2, containing 0.85% NaCI. Sharp, white precipitin rings were formed close to edges of






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the wells containing BICMV in agar medium prepared with BICMV antiserum, whereas whitish halos with greater diameters were formed around the wells containing CPMV in agar medium impregnated with CPMV antiserum (Fig. 14-D, -E, -F). The same distinction between these two types of precipitin rings was observed when both antisera were added into the same medium, so that two concentric rings were formed around the wells containing both viruses (Fig. 14-F). The inner ring was the result of B1CMV-antibody specific reactions and the larger halos resulted from CPMV-specific reactions. This difference in types of precipitin rings could be related to the concentration of the antigens placed in the wells and to the reciprocal of antibody concentration (Shepard, 1972). Stronger and more compact rings were observed with CPMV when the antigens were diluted or the antiserum concentration was increased.

Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens showed that BICMV is serologically related to, but distinct from, the following potyviruses: BCMV-BV-1, BCMV-S, BYMV, DMV, LMV, PVY, SoyMV, TEV, and WMV-2 (Fig. 15). No reactions were detected, however, with certain potyviruses, including BiMV, PeMV, TuMV, WMV-1, CoMV, PVMV, and PWMV. Antiserum for BICMV also reacted specifically with CAMV forming a distinct spur which extended past the heterologous reaction (Fig. 16-A). In all positive serological relationships observed in the reciprocal serological tests, spurs were formed in both directions (Fig. 15).

The serological distinctions observed between BICMV and BCMV-S, and CAMV by spur foriiation were demonstrated by the intragel cross absorption technique (Fig. 16-B, -D). The heterologous antigens,






















Figure 15 Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BICMV and
other potyviruses in medium containing 0.8% Noble agar
1.0% NaN3, and 0.5% SOS prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI
buffer, pH 7.2. All the antigenic solutions were prepared in 1.5Z SDS. The center wells were charged with:
(1) BICMV antiserum, (2) PVY antiserum, (3) TEV antiserum,
(4) WMV-2 antiserum, (5) DMV antiserum, (6) BCMV-BV-1 antiserum, (7) BCMV-S antiserum, (8) SoyMV antiserum, (9) BYMV antiserum, (10) BiMV antiserum, and (II) IMV
antiserum. The top rows of wells in all cases were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: (a) BICMVinfected cowpea, and (c) healthy cowpea. The bottom rows
of wells were charged with SOS-treated extracts from: A) PVY-infected tobacco (b), and healthy tobacco (d); B) TEV-infected tobacco (b), and healthy tobacco (d);
C) WMV-2-infected pumpkin (b), and healthy pumpkin (d);
D) DMV-infected dasheen (b), and healthy dasheen (d); E) BCMV-DV-1 infected bean (b),and healthy bean (d);
F) BCMV-S-infected bean (b), and healthy bean (d); G) SoyMV-intected N. benthamiana (b), and healthy N. benthamiana (d); HF BYMV-infected pea (b), and
healthy pea Td) ; I) BiMV-infected Nicotiana hybrid (b),
and healthy Nicotiana hybrid (d); and J) LMV-infected
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A) Serological tests with BICMV and CAMV. The center
wells were charged with: BICMV antiserum (Bls), and normal serum (Ns). The peripheral wells were filled
with SDS-treated extracts from: (81) BICMV-infected cowpea, (Ca) CAMV-infected cowpea, and (H) healthy
cowpea.

B) Intragel cross-absorption test with B1CMV and CAMV.
The center wells were charged with: (1) BICMV antiserum, (2) purified CAMV and 20 hr later BICMV antiserum. The peripheral wells were filled with SDStreated extracts from: (Bl) BICMV-infected cowpea, (Ca) CAMV-infected cowpea, and (H) healthy cowpea.

C) Serological tests with BICMV and BCMV-S. The center
wells wore charged with: (Bis) BICMV antiserum, (Ss)
BCMV-S antiserum. The peripheral wells were filled with SDS-treated extracts from: (81) BICMV-infected cowpea, (S) BCMV-S-infected bean, (Hb) healthy bean, and (Hc) healthy cowpea. The arrows point to spurs.

D) Intragel cross-absorption test with BICMV and BCMV-S.
The center wells were filled with: (1) BICMV antiserum, and (2) purified BCMV-S and 20 hr later
BlCMV antiserum. The peripheral wells were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: (Bl) BICMV-infected cowpea, (S) BCMV-S-infected bean, (Hb) healthy bean,
and (Hc) healthy cowpea.

E) Serological tests with BCMV-S and CAMV using two
different antisera for BCMV-S. The center wells were
charged with: (1) BCMV-S antiserum from a rabbit inoculated with freshly purified preparations of
BCMV-S, and (2) BCMV-S antiserum obtained from the
same rabbit after a booster injection with purified
BCMV-S stored at 4 C for 30 days. The peripheral
wells were charged with SDS-treated extracts from:
(S) BCMV-S-infected bean, (Ca) CAMV-infected cowpea,
(Hc) healthy cowpea, and (Hb) healthy bean.

F) Serological test with fresh and stored purified
preparations of BICMV. The center well was charged with BI(IMV antiserum, and the peripheral wells with SDS-treated new purified preparation of BICMV (Np),
old purified BICMV (Op), and healthy cowpea extracts
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which were placed in the center well prior to the antiserum, crossreacted with and fully precipitated the cross-reacting antibodies at the region of optimal proportions close to the center well.

Serological distinction was also observed between a freshly purified preparation of BICMV and purified BICMV stored at 4 C for more than 30 days (Fig. 16-F). This suggested some enzymatic degradation of certain BICMV antigenic determinants during the storage period.

Serological relationship studies between CAMV and BCMV-S using BCMV-S antisera obtained by different bleedings of the same rabbit indicated that the antiserum specificity varied according to the immunization program and the conditions of the antigenic solution used. A highly specific arntiserum for BCMV-S was obtained from a rabbit injected with approximately 8 mg of freshly purified preparations of BCMV-S. Using this specific antiserum it was possible to show a complete serological distinction between BCMV-S and CAMV (Fig. 16-E). About three months after the initial immunization, a booster injection with a purified preparation of BCMV-S stored at 4 C for more than one month was given to the same rabbit. All antisera obtained 15 days or more after the booster injection reacted with CAMV, forming a spur between CAMV and BCMV-S when they were placed into adjacent antigen wells around the antiserum well (Fig. 16-E). Light and Electron Microscopy

Light microscopic observations of epidermal leaf strip preparations from plants systemically infected with BICMV revealed the presence of tubular cytoplasmic inclusions similar to those described by Edwardson et al. (1972) and Edwardson (1974) for BICMV. Side views of groups of tubular inclusions were easily observed in BICMV-infected





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leaves (Fig.17), and at high magnification end views of them could be seen as small dots by changing the microscope focus. In ultrathin sections of BICMV-infected tissue, these inclusions consisted of tubes attached to a central core, forming pinwheels (Fig. 18), similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subdivision-I (Edwardson, 1974). As reported by Edwardson (1974), the pinwheels contained arms with pronounced curvatures and tight scroll-like tubular inclusions. Only tubes were observed in purified preparations of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by B1CMV (Fig. 11). Host Range and Resistant Cowpea Varieties

Blackeye cowpe mosaic virus was readily transmitted mechanically from cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' to the following plants in which it was detected serologically and caused the following symptoms: Crotalaria spectabilis (mosaic); Glycine max (L.) Mer. (mild mottle and chlorotic spots); Macroptilium atropurpureum (DC.) Urb. (mosaic); Macroptilium bracteatum (L.) Urb. (mosaic); Nicotiana benthamiana (mottle); Ocimum basilicum (local lesions); Phaseolus vulgaris 'Black Turtle-2' (epinasty, necrosis, yellowing) and 'Bountiful' (chlorotic spots on inoculated leaves); Vigna unguiculata 'Black Local' (mosaic), 'Early Ramshorn' (mottle), 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (mosaic), and 12 Brazilian cowpea cultivars in which the reactions varied from symptomless to mosaic (Table I). Small chlorotic lesions were found on the leaves of Chenopodium amaranticolor inoculated with purified preparations of BICMV or cowpea sap containing BICMV (Fig. I-B).

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Figure 17 Photomicrographs (A, B, C, D) of cytoplasmic inclusions
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annuum L. 'Early Calwonder'; Cucumis sativus L.; Cucurbita pepo L. 'Small Sugarl; Lupius anus angustifolius L. 'Bitter Blue'; Lupinus luteus L. 'Sweet Yellow'; Phaseolus vulgaris 1Black Turtle-I', 'Green Northern 11401, 'Improved Tendergreen', 'Lake Shasta', 'Michelite 62', 'Pink Rosa', !Pink Viva', 'Puregold Wax', 'Red Mexican U-34', 'Red Mexican U-35', 'Top-cropl and 'VC 18221; Pisum sativum L. 'Alaska', 'Bonneville' and 'Ranger'; and Vicia faba L.

The reactions uf cowpea varieties to mechanical inoculations of

BICMV, BCMV-S, CAMV, and CPMV are indicated in Table I. All inoculated plants were assayed serologically for the presence of the viruses (Table I).


Discussion


Blackeye cowpei mosaic virus and its cytoplasmic inclusions were

successfully purified from systemically infected cowpea or N. benthamiana leaf tissues with the procedures outlined herein. The first method of virus purification (Fig. 2) gave good yields of highly purified BICMV, and the combination of n butanol and chloroform-carbon tetrachloride (Fig. 4) was the better procedure for purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions from the same batch of tissue. The high degree of purity of the BICMV preparations indicated by spectrophotometry, analytical centrifugation and PAGE analyses, as well as serological studies and electron microscopic observations, confirmed the efficiency of the purification procedures.

Aggregation of virus particles and virus and host components

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yields of viruses in the PVY group (Shepherd and Pound, 1960; van Oosten, 1972; Hiebert and McDonald, 1973; Uyeda et al., 1975; and Barnett and Alper, 1977). Hiebert and McDonald (1973) reported aggregation of virus particles after PEG precipitation. The losses of BICMV by low speed centrifugation due to aggregation of virus particles were reduced by maintaining the virus in KPO4, buffer, pH

8.2, after precipitation with PEG.

Another critical aspect on purification of potyviruses for obtaining maximum virus yield is the host used for virus increase. In order to obtain a good yield of BICMV from the 'Knuckle Purple Hull' variety of cowpea the virus was inoculated into the source plants at the age of 3 to 4 days after emergence and the systemically infected leaf tissues were harvested 15 to 18 days after inoculation. Attempts to purify the virus from plants inoculated later than that or from tissue harvested more than 30 days after inoculation resulted in very poor yields of virus and cytoplasmic inclusions.

Electron microscopic examinations of purified preparations of BICMV indicated a low percentage of virus fragmentation during the purification processes (Fig. 6-A). Particle measurements of purified BICMV and of BICMV particles on grids prepared for SSEM with infected cowpea leaf tissue gave two modal lengths (Figs. 7, 8) which differed by approximately 30 nm. Variations in lengths of virus particles have been extensively observed (Edwardson, 1974). As reviewed by Edwardson (1974), virus length variations may be attributed to several factors, including sample preparation, host influence, virus strain differences, and normal fluctuations in the electron microscope magnification. Increase of 50 to 100 nm in certain potyvirus particle lengths induced






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by magnesium ions were reported by Govier and Woods (1971). They indicated that in the presence of Mg ions the particles were straight, contrasting with the flexuous particles observed in the absence of Mg ions. On antiserum-coated grids several antibodies combine with a single virus particle and, possibly, increase its length. Because of the specific antigen-antibody reaction the BICMV particles were so strongly attached to the surface of the antiserum-coated grids that they could not be removed by repeated washing. On the other hand, positive staining of BICMV particles with ethanolic uranyl acetate may have induced some changes in their lengths. Measurements of 25 BICMV particles on irids prepared by conventional leaf-dip preparation with PTA gave a modal length similar to that estimated for purified BICMV negatively stained with PTA. Milne and Luisoni (1977) emphasized that negative staining gives better preservation and better resolution of viral capsids than positive staining. Using SSEM with uranyl acetate as a negative stain, Milne and Luisoni (1977), observed no change in the normal lengths of TMV and a potexvirus. However, leafdip preparations often contain too few particles to photograph conveniently for virus particle measurements, whereas relatively large numbers of particles can be photographed by using the serologically specific electron microscopic technique. As indicated by Derrick and Brlansky (1976), the addition of sucrose in the extracting and washing buffers greatly reduced the amount of plant debris on the SSEM grids. High amounts of plant debris in electron microscopic preparations are frequent problems in establishing the dimensions of a virus.






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Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of SDS dissociated cytoplasmic inclusions and viral coat proteins clearly indicated that tha viral coat protein subunit was smaller than the inclusion subunit (Fig. 10). The PAGE results revealed that the inclusions were made of a single kind of protein with an estimated molecular weight of 70,000 daltons. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of cytoplasmic inclusion preparations conducted by Hiebert and McDonald (1973) showed one protein component with molecular weight of 67,000 daltons for PVY; 67,000 for PeMV; 69,300 for BiMV; 69,600 for TEV; and 70,300 for TuMV. The PAGE studies also indicated that freshly purified BICMV consisted of a main protein component with a molecular weight around 34,000 daltons. Two smaller protein components were also revealed by PAGE analysis of SDS denatured viral coat protein (Fig. 10). Since only traces of the faster moving proteins were observed with fresh purified BICMV, and greater amounts of these proteinaceous components were revealed by PAGE analyses of stored purified BICMV preparations (Fig. 10), it is assumed that the smaller components are due to the degradation of the slow moving protein during purification and storage. Hiebert and McDonald (1976) observed that some possible enzymatic degradation of TuMV capsid protein occurred during storage of purified virus preparations. The lower sedimentation coefficient estimated for stored purified BICMV preparations (Fig. 9) is further evidence of proteolytic degradation of viral coat protein during storage at 4 C. According to Hiebert and McDonald (1976), it is likely that "s20 values reported for potyviruses that are near 140 S represent virus with partially degraded capsid protein, whereas those near 160 S represent virus with intact capsid protein." This proteolytic degradation also changes






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the antigenic properties of viral coat protein (Hiebert and McDonald, 1976; and Purcifull and Batchelor, 1977). Using antiserum obtained for freshly purified BICMV, serological distinction was observed between freshly purified preparations of BICMV and purified BICMV stored at 4 C for more than 30 days (Fig, 16-F). The serological distinctions between different antigen preparations of the same virus observed herein are of great significance for serological identification and characterization of potyviruses as pointed out by Hiebert and McDonald (1976) and Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). It is important to keep in mind that purification, storage of either purified virus preparations or crude sap containing virus, and mailing of virusinfected fresh plant tissues may all result in modifications in the antigenic properties of viral coat protein. To solve this problem, the preservation of plant virus antigens by lyophilization of crude extracts from infected plants (Purcifull et al., 1975) or purified virus preparations is recommended. Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus has been maintained in lyophilized condition either in crude sap or purified preparation over two years during the course of this study without any perceptive change in its antigenic properties.

Another factor that should be considered during serological

relationship studies between viruses in the PVY group is the specificity of antisera. Variations in the degree of cross reactivity exhibited by different antisera obtained against the same virus have been attributed to differences between individual animals (van Regenmortel and von Wechmar, 1970), route and number of injections used in the immunization program (Hollings and Stone, 1965) and time of bleeding






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(Tremaine and Wright, 1967; and Koenig and Givord, 1974). The results of the present study indicated that the immunization program and the conditions of the arntigenic solution used for rabbit immunization may also affect the antiserum specificity. A highly specific antiserum for BCMV-S was obtained from a rabbit immunized with freshly purified BCMV-S, whereas antiserum with a broader cross-reactive spectrum was obtained from the same rabbit after a booster injection with a purified preparation of BCMV-S stored at 4 C for more than one month. The use of such antisera would make it difficult to distinguish between certain plant viruses in SDS immunodiffusion tests. The serological distinction between BICMV and BCMV-S was impossible to detect in SDS doubleimmunodiffusion when the BCMV-S antiserum with a wider cross-reactivity was used. On the other hand, an antiserum with a wide spectrum of activity should be useful for identification of virus-infected tissue used for plant propagation and possibly for identification of virus at the group level. As any virus-infected plant organ is undesirable for plant propagation the specific virus identification may not be necessary in such cases. For example, the BCMV-S antiserum was successfully used to identify cowpea seeds infected with BICMV.

Unilateral serological relationships observed between BlCMV and SoyMV (Fig. 15-G) and with BlCMV and BYMV (Fig. 15-H) showed the nenessity of reciprocal tests for demonstrating the absence of serological relationship between two viruses. According to Matthews (1970) "to demonstrate that two viruses are serologically unrelated, reactive antisera must be prepared against each of the viruses under test." Reciprocal tests are also important to show distinction between two closely related viruses. It was more difficult to observe a spur





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between BICMV and WMV-2 when both viruses were tested against antiserum to WMV-2 than when they were tested against BICMV antiserum (Fig. 15-C). Similar results were observed with BCMV isolates and BICMV (Fig. 15-E,

-F) which may explain the identical reaction reported by Lyemoto et al. (1973).

It is noteworthy that BICMV and BYMV are serologically distinct,

though related. This supports the contention of Edwardson et al. (1972) and Zettler and Evans (1972) that BICMV and BYMV should be considered distinct viruses.

Serological differences between closely related viruses are better detected with antisera of fairly low titer (Matthews, 1970). On the other hand, he also stated that a high titer antiserum is preferable for demonstrating distant serological relationship. This can be illustrated by the serological tests carried out with BICMV and CAMV isolates using a BICMV antiserum with a titer of 32. By diluting the antiserum to 1/4, no reaction was observed with the heterologous virus (CAMV) whereas a fairly good reaction was still detected with the homologous antigen. The absence of reaction between BICMV and LMV-antiserum (Fig. 15-J) may be a result of the low titer of the antiserum.

The intragel cross-absorption test was effective for demonstrating distinctions between two closely related viruses (Fig. 16-B, -D). This is additional evidence that serological distinctions that are undetectable in conventional double-immunodiffusion tests may be clearly revealed by intragel cross-absorption. Using this test, Matthews (1970) revealed a serological difference between type TMV and a nitrous acid induced mutant which showed a reaction of identity when tested against






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unabsorbed TMV antiserum. For a full precipitation of the crossreacting antibodies close to the center well, a fairly high concentration of the heterologous antigen should be used to fill the antiserum well. This is illustrated by the intragel cross-absorption tests with BICMV antiserum shown in Figure 16. A precipitin ring was formed very close to the center well when a highly concentrated purified preparation of BCMV-S (0.5 1.0 mg/ml) was used to absorb BICMV antiserum (Fig. 16-0) whereas the ring formed approximately 2 mm away from edge of the well when BICMV antiserum was absorbed with a less concentrated preparation of CAMV (0.01 0.05 mg/mi) (Fig. 16-B), In both cases, though, the intragel cross-absorption test showed serological distinction between the viruses. The intensity of the reaction between the homologous antigen and the cross absorbed antiserum may give some information about the degree of relationship between the viruses. Weaker homologous reaction indicates closer serological relationship. Based on this, the results of the present study clearly indicate that BICMV is more closely related serologically to BCMV-S than to CAMV (Fig. 16-B, -D). The different degrees of serological relationships are also indicated by the intensity of the precipitin lines spurring over the heterologous virus reactions in straight diffusion tests (Fig. 16-A, -C). Serological relationship between different potyviruses has been commonly observed (Bercks, 1960; Purcifull and Shepherd, 1964; Purcifull and Gooding, 1970; Uyemoto et al., 1972; and Shepard et al., 1974), and the cross absorption of an antiserum with heterologous viruses has also been used to study serological relationship between plant viruses in tube precipitin tests (Wetter, 1967; and Alba and Oliveira, 1977), and in combination with gel diffusion tests (van Regenmortel, 1966; Wetter,






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1967; Nelson and Knuhtsen, 1973; Shepard et al., 1974; and Jones and Diachun, 1977). The intragel cross-absorption technique was also observed to be useful in demonstrating cross-protection between serologically distinct strains of plant viruses (Lima and Nelson, 1975).

The fact that most of the antisera obtained against purified

BICMV preparations did not react with extracts of noninfected cowpea tissue can be added to confirm the efficiency of the virus purification procedures described herein, On the other hand, the high population of antibodies for normal plant antigens developed by the rabbits injected with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea was an indication that virus-infected cowpea tissue may have a high concentration of host antigens, which were difficult to separate from the BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions. However, using N. benthamiana as a source plant for BICMV-1 purification, antiserum specific for BICMV-I was obtained. This is an additional indication of the useful application of N. benthamiana in plant virus research. Nicotiana benthamiana has been artificially infected with more than 50 plant viruses (Quacquarelli and Avgelis, 1975; and Christie and Crawford, in press), showing its great potential for cytological, serological, and physiological studies of different viruses in the same biological system.

The foot-pad route of rabbit immunization (Ziemiecki and Wood,

1975) used to obtain the antiserum specific for B1CMV-I was an efficient procedure. The high yield of antibodies obtained for BCMV-S using the same route of immunization (Lima et al., unpublished) is additional evidence that a high titer antiserum can be obtained at the expense of very little antigen.






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Reciprocal immnunodiffusion tests with antisera specific for

BICMV and BICMV-1 (Fig. 12-A, -B) confirmed the findings of Hiebert et al. (1971), Purcifull et al. (1973), Batchelor (1974), and McDonald and Hiebert (1975) that the inclusion body proteins are immunochemically distinct from viral coat protein and host proteins.

The results of single radial immunodiffusion tests indicated that agar-media impregnated with mono-specific antiserum or with a mixture of antisera can be used for serodiagnosis of two morphologically distinct legume viruses. Single radial immunodiffusion tests were first used in plant virology by Shepard (1969) for serodiagnosis of potato virus X in potato tuber sprouts. Subsequently the same method was successfully used to identify plant tissue infected with carlaviruses (Shepard, 1970; and Shepard et al. 1971) potyviruses (Uyemoto et al., 1972; and Casper, 1974), a cucumovirus (Richter et al., 1975), a hordeivirus (Slack and Shepherd, 1975), and tobamovirus (Granett and Shalla, 1970; and Clifford, 1977). Radial-immunodiffusion plates containing a mixture of antisera to two or three filamentous viruses have been used for detection of potato viruses X, S, and M (Shepard, 1972). This, however, appears to be the first report of a multiple-antisera medium for detection of both an isometric and a rod-shaped plant viruses.

Shepard (1969) observed that single radial immunodiffusion was

more sensitive than double immunodiffusion for detection of PVX in infected plant tissue, but Richter et al. (1975) obtained better results with double diffusion tests than with single diffusion for serological detection of CMV in naturally infected herbaceous plants. No attempts to compare these two serological techniques were made in the present study. Some observations, however, indicated that single radial






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immunodiffusion requires fairly large amounts of antiserum and that the proper antiserum concentration needs to be previously determined for highest sensitivity and to avoid spurious reactions in SDS-agar media. Better results in multi-antisera media were obtained when pyrrolidine was used as denaturant of virus coat protein.

The three serologically related but distinct legume viruses,

BICMV, BCMV-S, and CAMV can also be differentiated by some biological properties. The CAMV isolate was well adapted to cowpea, infecting and causing symptoms in all 20 inoculated cowpea varieties. On the other hand, five cowpea varieties showed immunity to BICMV, and only two were infected with BCMV-S,which caused very mild symptoms (Table I). The different symptomatological reactions induced by CAMV and BICMV in some of the varieties (Table I) clearly indicate that they can be used to distinguish these two potyviruses. It was observed, however, that some of the symptoms induced by the viruses varied with temperature, light conditions, and age at which the plants were inoculated, but no variation was observed with the immunity of any cowpea variety. The cowpea varieties that showed immunity to BICMV (Table I) should be included in a cowpea breeding program or in a control program for this virus in the southeastern United States. Cowpea lines with resistance to other viruses have been selected in different parts of the world (Williams, 1977a; and Beier et al., 1977). Virus-resistant lines with resistance to other plant pathogens have also been identified (Williams, 1977a and 1977b).

Attempts to compare BICMV with the East African type of CAMV were impossible because all samples of virus-infected leaf-tissue arrived in high degree of decomposition with the virus already inactivated.






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Serological studies with such decomposed leaf tissue and BICMV

antiserum gave results similar to those obtained with the CAMV isolate (Fig. 16-A) obtained originally from Morocco. As the inactivation of the virus in the decomposed tissue may have destroyed some of its antigenic determinants, no conclusive results about its serological relationship with BICMV can be derived from these tests.

Light and electron microscopy of cowpea and other host cells infected with any one of these three legume potyviruses revealed that their cytoplasmic inclusions are morphologically similar. In ultrathin sections, their inclusions consisted of pinwheels similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subdivision-I (Edwardson, 1974). The cytoplasmic inclusions induced either by BCMV-S or CAMV, however, failed to react with antiserum for BICMV induced inclusions. The low titer of the inclusion antiserum, however, may be one of the reasons for the absence of reactions. Despite the great similarity in the ultrastructures of pinwheel inclusions induced by BICMV and CAMV, they showed some difference at the light microscope level. Whereas BICMV induced big masses of cytoplasmic inclusions in 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (Fig. 17), only scattered small bundles of inclusions were observed in the cells of this host infected with CAMV. This is also an indication of no direct correlation between the severity of the symptoms and abundance of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by these potyviruses, since 'Knuckle Purple Hull' is more susceptible to CAMV than to BICMV (Table I). A similar phenomenon was observed with these two viruses in C. spectabilis. In addition to this, the nuclear inclusions readily observed in cells of C. spectabilis systemically






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infected with BICMV (Christie and Edwardson, 1977) were not seen in leaf tissue of this host infected with CAMV.

In summary, BICMV is a potyvirus that belongs to Edwardson's

subdivision--I (Edwardson, 1974) and has a modal length of approximately 750 nni. The BICMV particles have a single sedimenting peak with s20 157 159 S and have a main protein component with a MW of 34,000 daltons. Its cytoplasmic inclusions are made of tubes which show striations with periodicities of approximately 5 nm and consist of a single type of protein estimated to have a MW of 70,000 daltons. The virus also induces nuclear inclusions in certain hosts including C. spectabilis. Blackvye cowpea mosaic virus is serologically unrelated to seven potyviruses and serologically related to, but distinct from eight other potyviruses in SDS-immunodiffusion. The virus has a narrow host range outside Leguminosae, is seed-borne in at least two cowpea varieties and is transmitted by aphids in a nonpersistent manner. Based on its physicl, biological, cytological and immunochemical properties, BICMV can be differentiated from any other virus that infects cowpea. The antisera prepared for BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions were essential tools for the development of the serological techniques for detection of virus-infected seeds described in Chapter II.















CHAPTER II

IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DETECTION OF LEGUME VIRUSES IN INFECTED SEEDS


Introduction


The transmission of plant viruses through seed of infected host plants was first demonstrated by Reddick and Stewart (1919), who showed that bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) was transmitted by approximately 50% of seeds from infected Phaseolus vulgaris. Since then, the phenomenon of seed transmission of plant viruses has received considerable attention and an appreciable number of viruses have been demonstrated to be seed-borne to some extent (Fulton, 1964; Bennett, 1966; Shepherd, 1972; and Phatak, 1974). Virus can be introduced into a crop at an early stage of plant development through infected seeds. Thus, the production of virus-free seeds, or seed lots with very low virus content may provide a very effective control of seed-borne plant viruses. Seed certification programs have been developed to test seed lots for the presence of viruses and to select virus-free seeds. Barley stripe mosaic virus, which is responsible for a serious disease in Montana (Afanasiev, 1956), and lettuce mosaic virus(LMV), the causal agent of an important disease of lettuce (Grogan et al 1952), are good examples of virus diseases against which seed certification programs have been successful (Zink et al., 1956; Hamilton, 1965; Phatak, 1974; and Slack and Shepherd, 1975).


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Barley stripe mosaic virus has no known vector, such as insects or mites, but it has a high rate of seed transmission, which severely reduces crop production. On the other hand, LMV is transmitted by a low percentage of seeds, but is regularly spread further in the field by aphids, resulting in substantial losses (Zink et al., 1956).

Several methods (Phatak, 1974) have been developed to detect the presence of infected seeds to control plant diseases caused by seedborne viruses: Growing-on tests, Seeds are planted in greenhouses or under other inse.t-proof conditions and the first leaves of the seedlings are observed for the characteristic symptoms which vary according to the host-virus combination This method can fail under environmental conditions that adversely affect the symptom development and with latent strains of a virus that do not produce visible symptoms. Indicator-inaculation tests. Seeds are ground up with buffer solution and mechanically inoculated in the indicator hosts. Although this method has been used extensively for LMV (Phatak, 1974), it is very time consuming and requires considerable greenhouse space. Serological tests. Immunochemical tests have also been developed for detecting virus in extracts from single seeds (Scott, 1961, and Lister, 1977), and individual seed embryos (Hamilton, 1965). However, no successful results have been obtained in double immunodiffusion systems with long flexuous rod viruses such as those from the potyvirus group (Phatak, 1974). Electron microscopy. A serologically specific electron microscopic technique developed by Derrick and Brlansky (1976) has been successfully used to detect the presence of virus particles in extracts of groups of seeds (Brlansky and Derrick, 1976).





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The main purpose of the present investigation was to develop efficient and rapid serodiagnostic techniques to assay legume seed lots for the presence of virus-infected seeds. Seeds of cowpea, V. unguiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' infected with BICMV were used as a model hostvirus combination. Immunochemical techniques for detection of BICMV, BCMV, and SoyMV in hypocotyls of germinated virus-infected seeds of V. unguiculata, P. vulgaris, and G. Max, respectively, are described in this chapter. Abstracts of portions of this research have already been published (Lima and Purcifull, 1977a, 1977b).


Literature Review


The phenomenon of seed transmission of plant viruses was first demonstrated by Reddick and Stewart (1919), who presented strong evidence of seed transmission of BCMV in Phaseolus vulgaris. Since then, a large body of information has been accumulated about the transmission of numerous plant viruses through the seeds of infected host plants (Fulton, 1964; Bennett, 1966; Shepherd, 1972; Baker, 1972; and Phatak, 1974). Among the 183 plant viruses described in the Commonwealth Mycological Institute up to September, 1977, (Doi et al., 1977), 51 viruses have been experimentally demonstrated to be seedborne to some extent. Several plant viruses are known to be seed-borne in many leguminous host plants, but this review will cover only those viruses transmitted through seeds of Vigna spp., Glycine max, and Phaseolus vulgaris.






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Seed-Borne Viruses in Vigna spp.

Gardner (1927) apparently was the first to report the transmission of a cowpea virus through seeds of cowpea. Since then, many viruses which naturally infect cowpea have been demonstrated to be seed-borne in this host.

A virus isolated from cowpea in Trinidad was demonstrated to be

transmitted through 8% of seeds of asparagus-bean (Vigna sesquipedalis) obtained from virus-infected plants (Dale, 1949). The virus is believed to be a representative strain of cowpea mosaic virus (Agrawal, 1964; and van Kammen, 1971, 1972). It seems that the seed transmissibility of CPMV is erratic and depends on the type of virus isolate and the cowpea variety involved. A cowpea mosaic virus isolated from cowpea grown in Arkansas was seed-borne in this host (Shepherd, 1964). Approximately 620 'Blackeye' cowpea plants grown from seeds harvested from plants artificially inoculated with CPMV failed to develop mosaic symptoms (Perez and Cortes-Monllor, 1970). On the other hand, Haque and Persad (1975) observed that the rate of seed transmission of CPMV varied from zero to 5.8% depending on the cowpea varieties and selections.

Anderson (1957) reported the seed transmission of three cowpea viruses, including a strain of CMV, which was transmitted through

4 28% of cowpea seeds from artificially infected plants. A virus closely resembling a strain of CMV was seed-borne in cowpea with a transmission rate of 5 to 16% (Chenulu et al., 1968). On the basis of symptoms observed on cowpea plants grown from commercial seeds, Gay and Winstead (1970) reported seed transmission of CMV, a cowpea




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BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS: PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, SEROLOGY, AND IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DETECTION OF V 1 BUSI NFECTED LEGUME SEEDS By J. ALBERSIO A. LIMA A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1978

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To my wife, Diana, and my son, Roberto, who with understanding, friendship, and love heiped to transform a goal into a reality.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Dan E. Purcifull, chairman of my supervisory committee, for his invaluable counsels, friendship, advice, and constant guidance during the course of this investigation. Appreciation is extended to other members of my supervisory committee, Drs. Ernest Hiebert, John R. Edwardson, Raghavan Charudattan, Francis W. Zettler, 3nd Daniel A. Roberts for their helpful suggestions during the research and their efforts in criticizing the manuscript. I also wish to extend my appreciation to Mr. Richard G. Christie for his valuable help with the light microscope and for his constant enthusiasm for teaching useful cytological techniques for diagnosing plant virus diseases. The understanding and cooperation of Mr. S. Christie, Mr. W. Crawford, Mrs. J. Hill, and Mrs. D. Miller during the laboratory experiments are also greatly appreciated. I further wish to extend my gratitude to Mrs. Maria I. Cruz for her understanding and cooperation as the Secretary of the International Programs of the University of Florida, Gainesville, and for her time spent in typing this dissertation. I was supported by funds from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Universidade Federal do Ceara, and Ford Foundation, to whom I wish to express my sincere thanks. Special recognition is expressed to my wife, Diana, whose patience friendship, and love made this work possible. i i i

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS iii LIST OF TABLES vi LIST OF FIGURES vi i VIRUS ABBREVIATIONS x ABSTRACT xi CHAPTER I PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, AND SEROLOGY OF BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS I Introduction 1 Literature Review 2 Materials and Methods 10 Sources of Virus Isolate 10 Virus and Inclusion Purification II Virus Particle Size Determination \k Stability of Virus in Sap 15 Pol yacryl amide Gel Electrophoresis of Viral and Inclusion Proteins I6 Sedimentation Coefficient Determination.... 17 Serology |8 Antiserum production for virus and cytoplasmic inclusions |8 Serological tests 19 Serological relationships between BICMV and other potyviruses 21 Light and Electron Microscopy of Virus Induced Pinwheel Inclusions 22 Host Range and Screening Cowpea Varieties for Resistance 23 Results 2^* Purification and Properties of Blackeye Cowpea Mosaic Virus 2k Purified Inclusion Preparations k2 Virus Particle Size and Stability in Sap... k7 Serology 52 Light and Electron Microscopy 6^* Host Range and Resistant Cowpea Varieties.. 65 Discussion 7 1 iv

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Page CHAPTER II IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DETECTION OF LEGUME VIRUSES IN INFECTED SEEDS 84 liitroducr ion 8k Literature Review 86 Seed-Borne Viruses in Vigna spp 87 Seed-Borne Viruses in Glycine max 90 Seed-Borne Viruses in Phas eo 1 us vulgaris... 32 Materials and Methods 3k Source of Seed and Seed Germination 3k Preparation of Antigens for Serology 95 Double Immunodiffusion Tests 95 Single Radial Immunodiffusion Tests 96 Serologically Specific Electron Microscopy. 97 Double Immunodiffusion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinated Legume Seeds 98 Serology and Microscopy of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BICMV and SoyMV in Hypocotyls of Germinated Seeds ,.. 98 Results 99 Preparation of Antigens for Serological Tests 99 Double Iniinunod i f f us ion Tests 102 Single Radial Immunodiffusion Tests 107 Serologically Specific Electron Microscopy Ill Double Immunodiffusion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinated Legume Seeds 116 Serology and Mycroscopy of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BlCMV and SoyMV in Hypocotyls of Germinated Seeds 121 D iscuss ion 1 32 LITERATURE CITED , I38 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH 15/4 V

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LIST OF TABLES Table Page I Symptoms and results of serological assays on varieties of cowpea Vigna unguicu lata mechanically inoculated with BICMV, BCMV-S "CAMV and CPMV 70 li Comparison of immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl discs and growing-on tests for detection of virusinfected beeds V i

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LIST OF FIGURES Figure Page 1 Systemic and localized symptoms induced by blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) in cowpea V. unguiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull" and C. amarant i color 26 2 Flow diaqram outlining the procedure of purification of BICMV using n^-butanol as clarifying agent 28 3 Flow diagram outlining the procedure for purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions, using chloroform and carbon tetrachloride as clarifying agents 30 A Flow diagram outlining the steps carried out during the purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions by a combination of the first and second methods for purification of virus and inclusions 32 5 Absorption spectra of purified preparations of BICMV in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions in the same buffer 35 6 Electron microscopy of BICMV in a purified preparation and in cowpea leaf extracts 37 7 Histograms of lengths of BICMV particles from purified preparation negatively stained with phosphotungstate and cowpea leaf extract using the serologically specific electron microscopy and uranyl acetate as a 39 pos i t i ve stain 8 Histogram^ of BICMV particle lengths from two different electron inicroscopic preparations to show particle length distribut ion f rom 600 To 900 nm Z^] 9 Schlieren patterns from sedimentation velocity experiment with stored and fresh purified preparations of BICMV 4/, 0 Electrophoret ic analyses of BICMV induced cytoplasmic inclusions and BICMV capsid protein in (>% polyacrylamide ge I i^^ 1 Electron micrographs of purified preparations of BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions stained with molybdate.. ^9

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Figure Page 12 Double immunodiffusion tests in agar medium containing 0.8^ Noble aqar, \ ,01 NaN^, and 0.5^ SDS 51 13 Single radial diffusion tests in agar media containing different concentrations of SDS and antisera for BICMV and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) 5^ ]k Single radial diffusion tests with SDS and pyrrolidine degraded capsid protein of BICMV and CPMV 56 15 Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BICMV and other potyviruses in medium containing 0.8^ Noble agar, 1.0/c NaN^, and 0.5^?. SDS prepared in 0.05 M TrisHCI buffer, pH^7.2 61 16 Immunodiffusion tests with BICMV, Moroccan isolate of cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CAMV) and siratro strain of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV-S) in agar medium containing 0.8;^ Noble agar, 1.0^ NaN., and 0.5^ SDS prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer, pH 7.2. 63 17 Photomicrographs of cytoplasmic inclusions in epidermal strips of cowpea leaves systemically infected with BICMV, stained with a combination of calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green 67 18 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of cowpea leaf cells infected with BICMV showing cross-sections and longitudinal sections of pinwheel inclusions 69 19 Double immunodiffusion tests with extracts from different portions of Bl CMVinfected and healthy '4-5-day-old cowpea seedlings 101 20 Diagram showing methods for assaying legume seeds by single and double radial immunodiffusion 10^ 21 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyls from healthy and B 1 CMVi nf ected ^-5-day-old cowpea seedlings in medium containing 0.8% Noble agar, 1.0^ NaN^, and 0.5% SDS, prepared in water 106 22 Single radial immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from healthy and B 1 CMVi nf ected k-S-dayold cowpea seedlings I 10 23 Electron micrographs of BICMV in hypocotyl extracts from the same cowpea seedling using different preparations 113 v i i i

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Figure Page 2k Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy with BlCMV, BCMV-S, and CPMV 115 25 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyls of k-Sday-old bean and soybean seedlings using antiserum for BCMV-S and for SoyMV II8 26 Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy with extracts from BCMVand SoyMVinfected hypocotyls 120 27 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from ^-5-day-old seedlings of cowpea and soybean using antisera for BlCMV, SoyMV, and their cytoplasmic inclusions 123 28 Photomicrographs showing different views of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BlCMV in epidermal strips of cowpeu hypocotyl tissue stained with a combination of calcoiiiine orange and luxol brilliant green 125 29 Photomicrographs showing different views of epidermal cells of hypocotyls from 'i-S-day-old soybean seedlings containing cytoplasmic inclusions induced by SoyMV... 127 30 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of cells from hypocotyls of '4-5-day-old seedlings infected with BlCMV 129 31 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of hypocotyl cells of '^-S-day-old soybean seedlings grown from SoyMVinfected seeds 131 ix

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VIRUS ABBREVIATIONS Virus Names Abbreviat ion Bean common mosaic virus BCMV Bean common mosaic v i rus -s i ra c ro isolate BCMV-S Bean poiJ mottle virus BPMV Bean yellow mosaic virus BYMV Bidens mottle virus BiMV Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus BICMV Clover yellow vein virus CYVV Commel ina mosaic virus CoMV Cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus CAMV Cowpea chlorotic mottle virus CCMV Cowpea mild mottle virus CMMV Cowpea mosaic virus CPMV Cowpea ringspot virus CpRV Cowpea yellow mosaic virus CYMV Cucumber mosaic virus CMV Dasheen mosaic virus DMV Iris mosaic virus IMV Lettuce mosaic virus LMV Pea seed-borne mosaic virus PSMV Pepper mottle virus PeMV Pepper vein mottle virus PVMV Pokeweed mosaic virus PWMV Potato virus X PVX Potato V i rus Y p\/Y Southern bean mosaic virus SBMV Soybean mosaic virus SoyMV Sugarcane mosaic virus SMV Tobacco etch virus j£\i Tobacco mosaic virus Tobacco ringspot virus TRSV Turn i p ye 1 low mosa ic virus TuMV Watermelon mosaic virus-l WMV-1 Watermelon mosaic viru5-2 WMV-2 X

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Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate Council of tht; University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS: PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, SEROLOGY, AND IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DETECTION OF V I RUSI NFECTED LEGUME SEEDS By J. ALBERSIO A. LIMA March, 1978 Chairman: Dan E. Pure i full Major Department: Plant Pathology Bhickeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) was increased in cowpea V i gna unguicu l ata (L.) Walp., 'Knuckle Purple Hull', and infected leaves were used for virus and cytoplasmic inclusion purification. Either n-butanol or a combination of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride was used in the clarification procesb. Pol yacry 1 am i de gel electrophoresis of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) dissociated inclusions and virus revealed that the inclusions were made of a single protein estimated to have a molecular weiyht (mW) around 70,000 daltons whereas freshly purified BICMV consisted of a main protein component with a MW of 3^,000 daltons and two smaller proteins with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons. Purified BICMV had a 260/280 nm absorption ratio of 1.2 and a modal length of 753 nm. Freshly purified BICMV preparations showed a single sedimenting peak with S2q=157-159 S. The purified BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions had absorption spectra characteristic for proteins. Electron microscopy of purified inclusions revealed the presence of tubes showing striations with periodicities of approximately 5 nm. xi

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Antisera reactive in SDSimmunod i f f us i on were obtained against untreated virions, pyrrolidine degraded coat protein^ and untreated BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions. Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens showed that BICMV is serologically unrelated to seven potyviruses and serologically related to, but distinct from: bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV) cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CAMV) dasheen mosaic virus (DMV) lettuce mosaic virus (LMV) potato virus Y (PVY) soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV) tobacco etch virus (lEV)^ and watermelon mosaic virus-2 (WM\/-2). The intragel cross-absorption technique was also used to demonstrate distinction between closely related potyviruses. Agar medium impregnated with a mixture of antisera was used for serod iagnos i s of BICMV and cowpea mosaic virus in cowpea. Light and electron microscopy of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV, siratro (Mucropt i I i urn atropurpureum (D.C.) Urb.) strain of BCMV (BCMV-S) and CAMV revealed that they are similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subd i v i s ionI The different reactions induced by BICHV, BCMV-S, and CAMV in some cowpea varieties indicated that they can also be used as differential hosts for these three potyviruses. Sources of resistance for BICMV were found among the cowpea varieties tested. Based on its physical, biological, cytological, and immunochemical properties, BICMV can be differentiated from any other virus that infects cowpea. Cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV in cowpea and by SoyMV in soybean were detected by serology, light microscopy, and electron microscopy in hypocoiyls of 'i-S-day-old seedlings grown from virusinfected seeds. X i i

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Immunodiffusion tests and serologically specific electron microscopy were used to detect BICMV in hypocotyls of 't-S-day-old cowpea seedlings grown from B 1 CMVinfected seeds. Discs of individual hypocotyls were embedded into the agar medium ^-5 mm away from the antiserum wells. Virus-specific precipitin lines formed between virusinfected hypocotyl discs and antiserum wells, whereas no reactions were observed with h.-althy hypocotyls. Precipitin lines were also observed with extracts of mixtures from infected (1 g) and healthy (up to 29 g) tissues These immunochemical techniques were also used for detecting BCMV in hypocotyls of infected ^-5-day-old Phaseolus vulgari s L. seedling^ and for detecting SoyMV in infected Glycine max (L.) Merr. seedlings. Single radial immunodiffusion tests with extracts or discs of ccjwpea hypocotyls were also useful for detecting BICMV in germinated seeds. The reliability and simplicity of the immunodiffusion test;, make them suitable for use in routine seed health testing program in any laboratory. X i i i

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CHAPTER I PURIFICATION, PARTIAL CHARACTERIZATION, AND SEROLOGY OF BLACKEYE COWPEA MOSAIC VIRUS I nt roduct ion Cowpea Vigna u nguiculat a (L.) Walp. (=V iqna sinensis (L.) Endl.), is grown as a crop in h i ghtempera tu re areas of tropical and subtropical countries. Cowfiea seeds constitute a source of good quality protein and dried seeds are an important part of the diet of many people in the tropical and subtropical world, particularly in Africa and the rural zone of northeastern Brazil. The fresh seeds and immature pods are also eaten and i hey can be frozen or canned as is sometimes done in the United States. Cowpeas are also grown as fodder plants for hay, silage or pasture and used as a green manure and cover crop. When grown under optimum conditions, cowpea can produce seed yields as high as 2,600 Kg/ha. Hov/ever, several factors limit cowpea yields in most fields. Virus diseases are considered as a major limiting factor to the production of cowpeas in several countries (Dale, 19^9; Wells and Deba, I96I; Toler et al., 1963; Brantley et al., I965; Kuhn et al., 1966; Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a; Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968b; Gay and Winstead, 1970; Zettler and Evans, 1972; Bock, 1973; Phatak, 197^; Hague and Persad, 1975; Kaiser and Mossahebi, 1975; and Lima and Nelson, 1977). Several viruses infect cowpea, and many of them can be transmitted through seeds from infected cowpea plants. The most important cowpea seed-borne virus in the southeastern United States is 1

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3 A widespread mosaic disease was reported on different cowpea varieties in Trinidad (Dale, \ShS) Dale {]3^3) observed that the virus responsible for the disease was not transmitted by Aphis med i cag in i s Koch, but that the leaf beetle, Ceratoma ruficorni s (Oliv.) was a good vector and was probably responsible for transmitting the virus in the field. On the basis of his studies, he concluded that the virus was unrelated to those described by McLean (19^1), Snyder (1942), and Yu {]Sk6) but was more likely the virus studied by Smith (192^*). Dale (1953) subsequently confirmed that the cowpea mosaic virus isolated from Trinidad was efficiently transmitted by £. ruficornis but not by aphids. Lister and Thresh (1955) isolated a virus from cowpea and identified it as a strain of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) They observed that a purified preparation of the virus contained rod-shaped particles of varying lengths, indistinguishable from the particles of TMV, and was precipitated specifically with antiserum prepared against TMV. A cowpea strain of TMV w.as also isolated from a range of leguminous hosts at Ibadan, Nigeria (Chant, 1959). Chant (1959) also found another virus infecting cowpea in Nigeria and as its physical properties differed from other cowpea viruses, he proposed the name cowpea yellow mosaic virus (CYMV). The virus was purified and an antiserum prepared against it. Both TMV and CYMV were transmitted by the beetle Ootheca mutabi 1 is Sahib. In subsequent work, Chant (I96O) studied the influence of TMV and CYMV on growth rate and yield of cowpea, and found that infection of cowpea with the cowpea strain of TMV did not affect yield as much as infection with CYMV. Wells and Deba (I96I) tested 116 cowpea varieties and 3^2 indigenous pure lines against CYMV and observed

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that 6 varieties and 16 pure lines were resistant. Robertson (1965) screened 79 cowpea varieties for resistance to CYMV in a screened greenhouse. Those varieties that showed no local or systemic reactions when inoculated with the virus were classified as immune; those that developed necrotic lesions but did not become systemically infected were classified as resistant; and those that showed systemic infection were classified as susceptible. Chant (1962) found that the cowpea virus from Trinidad caused local lesions on Chenopodium ama rant i col or Coste and Reyn. Mucuna atterrina Holland, Petunia hybrida Vilm., and Pvulgaris, and that the virus was polyhedral with a mean diameter of approximately 25 nm. Doub 1 eimmunod i f f us i on tests showed that a cowpea virus from Arkansas and the Trinidad cowpea mosaic virus were closely related, but not identical serologically and that both were ant igen ical ly related to bean pod mottle virus (BPMV) (Shepherd, I963) Studying other properties of the virus. Shepherd (1964) confirmed a close similarity of the Arkansas virus with the cowpea mosaic virus from Trinidad (Dale, 19'49). Walters and Barnett (196^1), working with a cowpea mosaic virus serologically identical to the Arkansas isolate, demonstrated also that it was efficiently transmitted by the bean leaf beetle, C^. trifurcata A detailed study of three cowpea mosaic virus isolates from Surinam (South America), along with the previously reported cowpea viruses from Trinidad (Dale, \3kS) and Nigeria (chant, 1959, I960, 1962) revealed that they are strains of cowpea mosaic virus (Agrawal, 1964). Detailed descriptions of host range, biophysical, biochemical, and immunochemical properties of cowpea mosaic virus were reported, and the abbreviation CPfW was proposed to eliminate any possible confusion

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5 with CMV (cucumber mosaic virus). Cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) has been extensively studied in different laboratories and was fully described by van Kammen (1971, 1972). It was selected as the type member of the comovirus group (Fenner, 1976) and reported from several other parts of the world, including Brazil (Carner et al., 1969; and Lima and Nelson, 1977), Nigeria (Williams, 1975), Venezuela (Debrot and Rojas, 1967), and Puerto Rico (Perez and Cortes-Monl lor 1970; and Alconero and Sant iago, 1973) Kuhn (I96i*b) purified and characterized a new virus isolated from cowpea in Georgia and named it cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (CCMV) which was subsequently described by Bancroft (1971). This virus belongs to the bromovirus group (Fenner, 1976) and is physically similar to brome mosaic virus (Bancroft, 1970) and broad bean mottle virus (Gibbs, 1972), neither of which produces symptoms in cowpea (Bancroft, 1971). Strains of cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) are also known to infect cowpea. Cucumber mosaic virus strains have been isolated from naturally infected cowpeas showing mosaic symptoms in southeastern United States (Anderson, 1955a; Kuhn, 196'*a; and Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a), Italy (Vovlas and Avgelis, 1972), Morocco (Fischer and Lockhart, 1976b), and South Africa (Klesser, I96O). An aphid-transmitted, spherical virus, approximately 25 nm in diameter, was also reported from India by Chenulu et al. (1968). According to their descriptions, the virus closely resembles a strain of CMV. Shepherd and Fulton (1962) identified a seed-borne virus of cowpea as a strain of southern bean mosaic virus (SBMV) (Shepherd, 1971). Although a virus is.jlated from naturally infected cowpea in Arkansas

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6 had properties somewhat similar to the cowpea strain of SBMV, the two viruses were not serologically related (Shepherd, I963). A carlavirus isolated from cowpea in Ghana was described and designated as cowpea mild mottle virus (CMMV) by Brunt and Kenten (1973) and Brunt (I97'i). Cowpea mild mottle virus is seed-borne in cowpeas, is 65O nm in length and is apparently not transmitted by aphids. A virus with small isometric particles, isolated from Iranian cowpea seeds was considered as new and named cowpea ringspot virus (CpRV) on the basis of symptomatology and particle morphology, which were similar to other ringspot viruses (Phatak, 197^; and Phatak et al., 1976). According to Phatak (197^4), the virus was not transmitted by aphids, induced intracellular inclusions in cowpea, had a wide experimental host range and was serologically unrelated to hO other isometric viruses most of which commonly infect various legumes. Cowpea ringspot virus was also transmitted in 15-20% of the seeds of three cowpea cultivars (Phatak et al., 1976). McLean (19^1) studied some physical and biological properties of a cowpea virus and found that it was transmitted by the following species of aphids: Macros j£hum soJ_ajT^ Acynthos iphon pi sum (Harris) Aphis gossypi i Glover, Myzus persicae (Sulz. ) but not by the bean leaf hopper (E mpoasca fabae Le. B.), the tarnished plant bug (Lygus pratens^^ L.), the Mexican bean beetle ( Epilachra corrupt^ Mis.) and the striped cucumber beetle ( Piabrotica vittat£ Faba) Snyder (19^*2) described a mosaic disease of asparagus bean, Vigna sesgu i peda I i s Wight, and also studied some biological and physical properties of the causal agent. His positive results obtained with aphid transmission

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indicated that these viruses were not identical to the one described by Smith {]S2^) A cowpea virus similar to those described by McLean {]Sk]) and Snyder {\3^2) was reported from China by Yu (19^6). The virus which was transmitted by aphids was also seed-borne in cowpea. In addition to cowpea, the virus also infected lima bean and adzuki bean, Phaseol us anguiaris (Willd.) Wight (Viqna angular is (Willd.) Ohwi. and Ohshi) (Yu, ly^^S). Cowpea viruses apparently similar to those were also reported from Ceylon (Abrygunawardena and Perera, ]36k) Germany (Brandes, IS)6'), India (Nariani and Kandaswany, 1961), and New Guinea (van Velsen, I962). An aphid-borne virus isolated from cowpea in northern Italy was studied by Lovisolo and Conti (I966), and designated as cowpea aphidborne mosaic virus (CAMV). The virus was a rod, approximately 750 nm long, and was seed-borne in cowpea, but appeared to be clearly different from BICMV isolated in Florida (Anderson, 1955b). As reported by Lovisolo and Conti (1966), the virus was first recorded and described in Italy by Vidano (1959) and Rui (i960). The virus was transmitted in a non-persistent manner by M. Pers icae Aphis fabae Scop. A, medicaginis Koch, A. gossypii, and Macros i phum euphorb iae (Thomas) (Vidano and Conti, 1965). A similar virus was later isolated in East Africa and three strains of this virus were differentiated by host range and serology (Bock, 1973). It was also observed that CAMV is distantly serologically related to bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) (Lovisolo and Conti, 1966; and Bock, 1973), but no direct serological relationship was detected with the African type strain of CAMV and potato virus Y (PVY) bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSMV) clover yellow vein virus (CYVV) soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV) sugarcane mosaic virus (SMV)

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8 tobacco seviire etch virus (TEV) and iris mosaic virus (IMV) (Bock, 1973; and Bock and Conti, ]37k) A seed-transmitted virus tentatively identified as CAMV was considered to be responsible for the most important and widespr.^ad disease of cowpeas in Iran (Kaiser et al., 1968). Additional studies about various properties of the Iranian isolate of CAMV indicated its similarity to the Italian and African isolates (Kaiser and Mossahebi, 197!?). A CAMV isolate was also reported from Japan infecting adzuki bean, P. ang ularis under natural conditions (Tsuchizaki et al., 1970). Fisher and Lockhart (l976a) isolated a rod-shaped virus from severely infe.:ted cowpeas in Morocco and identified it as a strain of CAMV on the basis of its particle length, aph i d1 ransm i ss i on host range, serology, and physical properties. The Moroccan isolate differed from those CAMV isolates previously described (Lovisolo and Conti, I966; Bock, 1973; and Botk and Conti, 197'*) by failing to infect Ocimum bas i I icum L. a diagnostic species for CAMV (Bock and Conti, 1974), and other plants reported to be systemic hosts for CAMV. Padma and Summawar (1973) indicated the value of Chenopodium murale L. as a good indicator host for differentiation, screening and isolation of a rodshaped cowpea virus and the icosahedral CPMV. Cytoplasmic inclusions were observed in ph,nt cells infected with CAMV (inouye, 1973; and Nicolaeseu et al 1976) A virus isolated from cowpea in India (Khatri and Singh, ]S7h) was reported to be a strain of CPMV. However, the authors reported aphid transmission of this virus, so its identification as a strain of CPMV is questionable. A filamentous virus approximately 750 nm in length isolated from cowpeas in Ghana did not react with antisera specific for CAMV, peanut mottle virus, BCMV, and BYMV (Brunt, 197^*).

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9 An aphid-transmitted virus was responsible for complete loss of cowpea in irrigated areas of northern Nigeria (Raheja and Leleji, ]37k) Based on the fact that the virus was neither mechanically transmitted nor seed-borne in cowpe.i Raheja and Leleji (197'*) concluded that it was either an atypical strain of CAMV or a new virus not previously described. A virus isolated from Crota lar ia spec tabi 1 is Roth in a field at Gainesville, Florida, was studied by Anderson (l955b) and designated blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BiCMV). Anderson (1955b, 1955c) reported that BICMV infected plants of cowpea, Crota laria and Desmodium in the field, but considered Crotalaria and Desmo d ium as secondary hosts for the virus. In a subsequent study, Anderson (1959) observed that BICMV was transmitted by M. pers icae but not by the bean leaf beetle, £• trifurcata. Coibett (1956) found that BICMV was serologically related to BYMV and identified it as a strain of BYMV. Based on Corbett's conclusion, several subsequent reports have referred to BICMV as a cowpea strain of BYMV (Brierly and Smith, 1962; Kuhn, 1 96'4a ; Kuhn et al., 1965; and Harrison and Gudauskas, 1968a). Light and electron microscopic studies of BICMV and BYMV showed marked cytological differences between these two flexuous rod-shaped viruses (Edwardson et al., 1972). According to Edwardson et al. (1972), the cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV were consistently different from those induced by BYMV. In the light microscope, groups of plates were observed in cells of BYMVinfected tissues, whereas groups of tubes were seen in cells of epidermal strips obtained from Bl CMVinfected tissue. Electron microscopy of ultrathin sections indicated that BlCMV-induced cytoplasmic inclusions consisted of pinwheels with scrolls, whereas BYMV-induced cytoplasmic inclusions were made of pinwheels and

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10 laminated aggregates. Light and electron microscopic investigations revealed that BICMV induces nuclear inclusions in C^. spectabi 1 i s (Zettler et al., 1967; Edwardson et al., 1972; and Christie and Edwardson, 1977), while no such inclusions were observed in cells of C^. spectab i 1 i s infected with BYMV. Based on those cytological distinctions, Edwardson et al. (1972) concluded that BICMV and BYMV are distinct members of the potyvirus group Subsequently, Zettler and Evans (1972) demonstrated that BICMV and BYMV had dissimilar host ranges, providing additional evidence that they are distinct viruses. In host range studies, BICMV was shown to be very similar to BCMV, but different from v/atermelon mosaic virus-2 (WMV-2) (Uyemoto et al., 1973). Leaf-dip preparations of B I CMVinfected tissue revealed the presence of flexuous rods, 750 nm long, and double immunodiffusion tests with BCMV and WMV-2 antisera indicated that BICMV was serologically identical to BCMV and related to, but distinct from WMV-2 (Uyemoto et al 1973) • Materials and Methods Source of Virus Iso l ate The blackeye cowpea mosaic virus used in this study was isolated from infected seeds of cowpea V^. ungu iculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' harvested from a field in Gainesville, Florida. The virus was transmitted by aphids from infected cowpea plants grown from infected seeds to non-infected 'Knuckle Purple Hull' plants. Two aphids (m. pers icae) were used per test plant and each aphid was allowed to have an acquisition period of 30 to 60 sec. A single test plant showing typical mosaic was assayed by leaf-dip electron microscopy for the presence of

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n rod-shaped virus particles and used as the initial source of inoculum for virus propagation. The virus was mechanically transmitted from the selected infected plant to healthy 'Knuckle Purple Hull' seedlings, where it was increased for virus and inclusion purification, and other studies. Virus and Inclusion P urificat ion Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus was propagated in either V. unguiculata or Nicotiana benthani i ana Domin, and systemically infected leaves were used for virus and inclusion purification. Either n-butanol or a combination of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride was used in the clarification process. Tlie adaxial surface of the primary leaves of 5 to 7-day old cowpea seedlings were inoculated with BICMV obtained by grinding infected leaf tissue in 0.05 M potassium phosphate (KPO^) buffer, pH 7-5 (1/2, w/v) The first trifoliolate leaves showing typical mosaic were collected 15 to I8 days later and subjected to the following purification procedures based on previous works (Hiebert et al., 1971; Hiebert and McDonald, 1973; and McDonald and Hiebert, 1975). £ Butanol clarification method. Two hundred to 'tOO g of leaf tissue were homogeni^red in a blender with two parts (w/v) of 0.5 M KPO^ buffer, pH 7-5, containing 0.5 to 1.0^ sodium sulfite (Na2S0^) The resulting extract was filtered through a double layer of cheesecloth and enough n^-butanol was added to make a final concentration of 8^ (v/v). This mixture was stirred overnight at C and the coagulated green debris obtained was removed by a low speed cent r i fugat ion at 11,700 £ in a Sorvall Centrifuge (Sorvall Superspeed RC2-B Automatic Refrigerated Centrifuge) for 10 min. Virions were precipitated from the supernantant by the addition of 6 8'^ (w/v) of polyethylene glycol

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12 MW 6000 (peg) followed by stirring for 60 min. The precipitated virions were collected by ceritr i fugat ion at 13,200 g for 10 niin. The resulting pellet was resuspendtd in 0.02 M KPO^, pH 8.2, containing 0.\% 2-mercapthoethanol (2-ME) (v/v) and the virus was separated from the host components by equilibrium density gradient centri fugat ion (120,000 for 16 18 hr in a beckinan SW 50.1 rotor) in 30% cesium chloride (CsCl) prepared in the same buffer. The virus zone, located at 12 to 15 mm from the bottom of i he tube, was collected dropwise through a hole punched in the bottom of the tube and diluted with 0.02 M KPO^^, pH 8.2, containing 0. U 2-ME. The virus preparation was clarified by centrifuga tion at 11,700 g for 10 min and reconcentrated by cent r i fugat i on at 85,000 cj for 90 min. The final pellet was resuspended in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and i he virus concentration was determined spect rophotometrically using an extinction coefficient of 2.k mg/ml (Purcifull, 1966). The optical density (O.D.) readings for the virus at wavelengths of 260 and 280 nm were corrected for light scattering before estimating the 260/280 ratio and concentrations of virus in purified preparations. The correction for light scattering was done by plotting the log of the optical densities against the wavelengths of 320, 3^0, and 36O nm and extrapolating these values to 230 300 nm range of wavelength. C hloroform-carbon tetrachloride clarification method Th i s clarification process was selected when it was desirable to purify both the virus and inclusions from the same batch of tissue. Systemically infected tissue (200 400 g) were homogenized in a solution containing 1.30 ml of 0.5 M KPO^ (pH 7.5), 0.35 ml of chloroform, 0.35 ml of carbon tetrachloride, and 5.0 mg of Na„SO per gram of tissue.

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13 The homogenized mixture was centrifuged in a Sorvall Centrifuge at 5,000 rpm for 5 min and the pellet containing the organic solvents was discarded. The aqueous phase was centrifuged at 13,200 g for 15 min to precipitate the virus induced inclusions. The supernatant was treated as previously described for virus purification and the pellet containing the inclusions was resuspended in 0.05 M KPO^ pH 8.2, and 0.1^ 2-ME. The inclusion suspension was homogenized in a Sorvall Omni-mixer homogenizer for 2 min and enough Triton X-100 was added to make a final concentration of 5^ (v/v) After stirring for one hour at 4 C this mixture was subjected to a low speed cen t r i f uga t ion of 27,000 g for 15 min to precipitate the inclusions. The pellet was resuspended in 10 to 20 ml of 0.02 M KPO^, pH 8.2, containing O.U 2-ME, and homogenized for 30 sec. The inclusions were sedimented again by cen t r i f ugai i on of 2 7,000 g for 15 min. The pellet was homogenized for 30 sec and the homogenate was layered on a sucrose step gradient made up of 10 ml of 80^, 7 mi of 60% and 7 ml of 50^ (w/v) sucrose in 0.02 M KPO^, pH 8.2. The gradient was centrifuged for one hour at 27,000 rpm in a Beckman SW 25.1 rotor. The inclusions layered on top of the 80% sucrose zone and were collected by droplet from the bottom of the tube. To remove the sucrose, the inclusions were diluted in 0.02 M KPOj^, pH 8 2, and precipitated by a centr i fugat ion at 27,000 £ for 15 min. The pellet was resuspended in 0.02 M Tris, pH 8,2, and inclusion yield was estimated spect rophotomet r i ca I 1 y after being disrupted in 2'-^ sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) The inclusion preparations were either immediately used for immunization of rabbits or stored at -20 C by either freezing directly or by f reeze-dry ing

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lA Clarification with n-butanol and chloroform-carbon tetrachloride Because n-butanol resulted in virus preparations of higher purity, but chloroform-carbon tetrachloride was superior for preservation of inclusion proteins (Hiebert, unpublished), these solvent systems were combined for purification of virus and inclusions from the same batch of tissue. Infected tissue was homogenized with two parts (w/v) of 0.5 M KPO^. pH 7.5, containinc) 0 5 1 O^o Na^SO^. The homogenate was filtered through cheebecloth and subjected to cent r i fugat ion at 11,700 for 10 min. The supernatant was used for virus purification as described previously using n butanol for clarification. The pellet was resuspended in approximately 2 volumes of 0.5 M KPO^, pH 8.2, 0.5% Na^SO^, homogenized with one volume of chloroform-carbon tetrachloride (1:1, v/v) and centrifuged at 5,000 rpm for 5 min in a Sorvall Centrifuge. The aqueous phuse was subjected to a cen t r i fugat ion at 11,700 g for 15 min. The supernatant was collected for additional virus purification using PEG, equilibrium density-gradient centr i fugat ion and differential cent r i fuqat ion The pellet was resuspended in 0.05 M KPO^, pH 8.2, containing 0.]% 2-ME and treated with 5t Triton X-100. The inclusions were then purified by sucrose step gradient centrifugation as described above. Virus Particle Size Determination Crude leaf extracts from systemically infected cowpea plants and purified virus preparations were negatively stained in 2% potassium phosphotungstate (PTA) pH 6.5, containing 0.]% bovine serum albumin (BSA) prior to photography in an electron microscope. The procedure used was similar to tf,ose previously described (Edwardson et al., I968 and Purcifull et al., 1970). Small pieces of 8 1 CMVi nf ec ted leaf were

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15 chopped with a razor blade in 1% PTA, pH 6 5, containing O.R BSA on a glass slide and a small quantity of the resulting cell extract was deposited on a carbon coated Formvar film supported by 75 x 300 mesh copper grids. Excess liquid was then removed by touching momentarily the edge of the grid with a filter paper and the specimen was allowed to air-dry. The purified virus was stained directly on the grid. A small drop of virus solution was deposited on the grid. After 1 2 min, the virus solution was partially blotted with a piece of filter paper and a small drop of 2% PTA solution was added. The grid was blotted and allowed to air-dry. The grids were then examined in a Philips Model 200 electron microscope. The virus particles were observed, photog raph>:'d and their sizes were estimated by comparing projected micrographs to micrographs of a diffraction grating (2l60 lines/mm). Twenty-five virus particles from leaf extracts and 190 particles from a purified preparation were measured and classified according to their length at intervals of 50 and 20 nm. Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus-grids prepared according to the serologically specific electron microscopic technique (SSEM) developed by Derrick and Brlansky (1976) were also used for virus particle measurements. Parlodion film grids sensitized with 81 CMV-ant i serum (BICMV-As) were treated with cowpea leaf extract containing BICMV and positively stained with \% uranyl acetate in 50% ethanol The SSEM technique will be described in more detail in Chapter II. Stability of Virus in Sap Thermal inactivation point (TIP), 1 ongev i ty W t r£ (LIV) and dilution end point (OEP) were determined for BICMV using C. amarant icolor as an assay plant. The TIP was determined by heating crude sap of

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16 BICMVinfected cowpea leaves to ^45, 50. 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75 C for 10 min. All treated saps as well as unheated sap of B 1 CMVinfected tissue were rubbed on the test plants, which were maintained in greenhouse conditions for at least three weeks for observation of symptoms. Crude sap of infected leaves obtained in deionized water was placed in test tubeb and assayed for infect ivity after storage at room temperature for 0, 8, 16, 2^4, ^8, and 72 hr. For the DEP determination, crude Juice was extracted from B 1 CMVinfected leaves, and the extract was diluted to lo"', lo"^ ]0-\ lo'^ and lo'^ with deionized water prior to assay. Pojj^acryjamide Gel L lectrophores is of Viral and Inclusion Proteins The polyacryl amide gel electrophoresis studies were performed according to the meihod of Weber and Osborn (I969) as modified by Hiebert and McDonald (1973). Running gels of approximately 75 mm in height were prepared with 61 acrylamide (7.5 ml sodium phosphate buffer, pH 7.2; 15.0 ml water; 0.15 ml lO^o SDS; 6.0 ml of 30Z acrylamide; 0.045 ml N, N, N', N'-tetramethylenediamine (TEMED) and 1.2 ml ammonium persulphate 15 mg/ml;, and a well-forming gel of 8t acrylamide with onefifth the electrophoresis buffer concentration (1.2 ml buffer; 7.2 ml H^O; 0.2 ml ]Q% SDS; 3.0 ml of 30Z acrylamide; 0.0^* ml TEMED, and 0.3 ml ammonium persulphate 15 mg/ml) was cast on top of them. Disassociated protein solutions, 20 50 yl samples in approximately 20^ sucrose and one-fifth the electrophoresis buffer concentration, were placed into the formed wells. The top of the samples were covered with a cap gel of composition similar to the well-forming gel. The electrophoresis was performed in a vertical slab electrophoresis apparatus, Ortec. Model kO]0/kOU Ortec, I ncorporated, Oak Ridge, Tenn.,

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17 for \.b to ^4.0 hr at 160 V with a pulsed constant power supply at 300 pulses per second and about 90 mA current. Prior to being used for electrophoresis, the protein was disassociated by mixing 0.2 ml of protein solution with 0.1 ml of ]Q% SDS and 10 20 pi 2-ME and heating tliis mixture in boiling water for 1 to 2 min. Samples of 20 50 yl of disassociated proteins were added to 0.1 ml of one-fifth of the electrophoresis buffer concentration, containing 30% sucrose and 0.15% SDS. Serum albumin (MW 67,000), glutamate dehydrogenase (MW 53,000), ovalbumin (MW ^3,000), carbonic anhydrase (MW 29,000), and TMV coat protein (MW 17,500) were used as protein markers to estimate the molecular weight values for inclusions and virus coat protein subunits. After electrophoresis, the gel slabs were stained and fixed overnight in a staining solution containing 50% methanol, 10% glacial acetic acid, and 0.\t Coomassie brilliant blue R250. Before photography, the gels were destained by soaking them for 8 hr in a solution made up of 10% methanol and 7-5% acetic acid followed by several changes in the solution over a period of several days. The distances migrated by the protein subunits into the running gels were measured from the photographs of the stained gels. Sedimentation Coefficient Determinat i on The sedimentation rates of fresh and stored purified BICMV in either 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2 or 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2 were measured with a Beckman Model E analytical ul tracentrifuge according to the method of Markham (i960). After the rotor reached a speed of 27,690 rpm photographs were taken at k min intervals using

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18 Schlieren optics. The datg were corrected for standard water viscosity conditions at 20 C, but not for the effect of virus concentration. The virus concentrations used varied from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/ml Sero 1 ogy Antiserum prod i i ction for virus a nd cytoplasmic i nclus ions A n t i s e r a were obtained by injecting a New Zealand white rabbit with untreated virions and a second rabbit with pyrrol id ine-degraded virus protein. All rabbits selected for immunization were first bled to produce normal sera. The concentrations of untreated BICMV in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, used in the immunization process varied from 1.0 to 2.0 mg of nucleoprotein per ml of purified solution. BICMV used for pyrrolidine degradation was suspended in 0.005 M borate buffer, pH 8.2. The virus protein was degraded according to the method used by Shepard (1972). A virus solution was mixed with an equal volume of ^% pyrrolidine in distilled water (v/v) The mixture was then immediately dialyzed against two liters of 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2, containing 0.37^ actual formaldehyde for approximately k% hr at ^ C to remove the pyrrolidine and fix the protein subunits. A series of ^ to 5 intramuscular injections was given to each rabbit with an interval of 10 to 15 days between the injections. Each Injection consisted of 1.0 to 2.0 ml preparations of virus or degraded viral protein vigorously emulsified with equal volume of Freund's complete or incomplete adjuvants (Difco). Booster injections were given at intervals of about 2 months. The immunized animals were bled every week, starting 10 to 15 days after the last injection of the initial series of 4 5 injections.

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19 The rabbits were farted for k \2 hr prior to each bleeding and 30 50 ml of blood were collected into glass tubes according to the procedure described by Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). Blood samples were allowed to clot for approximately min at 37 C in a waterbath. The clotted blood was subjected to a cen t r i f uga t i on of 2,000 rpm in a Sorvall table centrifuge for 10 min. The antisera were transferred with a Pasteur piperte to con ical -bottomed tubes and clarified by a second cent r if ugat ion at 5,000 rpm for 10 min. Antiserum specificity and titer were deteimined by Ouchterlony (I962) double-diffusion tests In SDS-agar plates. The antisera were stored at -20 C by either freezing directly 01 after f reeze-dry i ng The BlCMV-induced cytoplasmic inclusions (BlCMV-l) used for antiserum production were purified from N, ben t ham i ana Freshly purified cylindrical inclusiuns, which were unreactive with antiviral sera, were used for immunization and the foot pad route of immunization (Zlemiecki and Wood, 1975) was used. The rabbit received three injections into the foot pad, each >:ontaining 0.1 ml of purified Inclusions (O.l 0.2 O.D. units/ml at 28o nm) in 0.02 M Tris, pH 8.2, emulsified with an equal volume of eitlier Freund's complete or incomplete adjuvants. S erological tests Both double and single Immunodiffusion tests In agar gel were used in the present study. Most double immunodiffusion tests were performed in agar medium containing 0.8% Noble agar (Difco); 0.5^ SDS (Sigma) and 1.0?; NaN^ (Sigma) in deionlzed water (Purcifull and Batchelor, 1977), or 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer pH 7-2. Reactant wells were punched in the solidified agar medium with an adjustable gel cutting device made by Grafar Corp., Detroit, Mich. Routinely the wells (7 mm in dlam.iter) were punched in an hexagonal arrangement

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20 consisting of a cenier well with six peripheral wells spaced ^ S ™^ from the center well as measured from the edges of the wells. Different gel patterns were also used in certain tests. Antigens used as reactants were prepared either in deionized water or in ] .5% SDS solution, according to Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). In the first case, fresh tissue was ground with a mortar and pestle in deionized water (1/2, w/v) and expressed through cheesecloth. The second method which was more commonly used, consisted of grinding fresh tissue in 1.0 ml of water per gram of tissue and adding 1.0 ml of 3.0% SDS per gram of tissue prior to expressing the sap through cheesecloth. The antigens and undiluted antibi.;ra were pipetted directly into the appropriate wells, and the plates were incubated in a moist chamber at 2k C for 2*4 48 hr. The development of precipitation patterns was observed by looking at the plates, which were illuminated from the bottom with indirect lighting. The reactants were removed and 15^ charcoal (Norit a) in water (w/v) was added into the wells before photographs were taken Single radial immunodiffusion tests were conducted in agar media containing O.Bt Noble agar, 1.0^ NaN^ 0.3 or 0.5^ SDS, and 10, 15, or 20% BICMV antiserum. Media were prepared either with antiserum obtained for untreated BICMV and antiserum for pyrrolidine degraded BICMVprotein. Each SDS concentration in the media was tested with antigens prepared in distilled water or in ] .5% SDS. During medium preparation, care was taken to avoid heating the antisera over 50 C and while exposed to SDS, the antisera were maintained at 50 C for less than 2 min. Single radial diffusion plates were also prepared with a mixture of antisera to BlChV and CPMV. The CPMV-an t i serum was prepared by

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21 immunizing a rabbit with CPMV degraded by SDS according to a procedure described by Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). A lyophilized, purified preparation containing approximately 3 mg of CPMV was resuspended in 1 ml of 1.0^ SDS solution containing 2.01 2-ME, and boiled for approximately 5 min before emu I s i f i ca t ion with Freund's adjuvant and intramuscular injeci ion into a rabbit. Three similar injections were given into the same rabbit with 7-day intervals between injections. Serological rel ationship between BICMV and other potyviruses Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BlCMV and the following potyviruses were conducted in SDS-conta in ing media: bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV), bean c:ommon mosaic virus (BCMV-BV-l), bean common mosaic virus-siratro isolate (BCMV-S) bidens mottle virus (BiMV), dasheen mosaic virus (DMV) lettuce mosaic virus (LMV) pepper mottle virus (PeMV), potato viru. Y (PVY) soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV) tobacco etch virus (TEV) turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) watermelon mosaic virus-l (WMV-1), and waternu-lon mosaic virus-2 (WMV-2) The source of each antiserum was as follows: BYMV (jones and Diachun, 1977); BCMV-BV-l (J. K. Uyemoto, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station); BCMV-S (Lima et al., 1977); DMV (Abo El-Nil et al., 1977); BiMV, LMV, PeMV, PVY, SoyMV. TEV, TuMV, WMV-1, and WMV-2 (d. E. Purcifull, University of Florida, Gainesvi lie). Using BICMV-As, the serological relationship of BICMV with commelina mosaic virus (CoMV) (Morales and Zettler, 1977), a Moroccan isolate of CAMV (Fischer and Lockhart, 1976a), pepper veinal mottle virus (PVMV) and pokeweed mosaic virus (PWMV) were also studied in double diffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens. In all serological tests, the reactants were arranged so that BICMV was always placed in

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22 a well adjacent to the other virus-well. Sap extracts from appropriate healthy host tissues were included as controls in all serological tests, and all antigens were also tested against normal serum. The intragel c ross -absorpt ion technique described by van Regenmortel (1966) was also used to study the serological relationships of BICMV with BCMV-S and CAMV. Purified preparations of heterologous antigens (BCMV-S or CAMV) were placed in the center well and allowed to diffuse for approximately 2'^ hr. The excess of the antigen preparations were then removed and the BICMV antiserum was added in the same well. At the same time, the homologous and the heterologous antigens were positioned in the outer wells. Light and Electron Microscopy of Virus Induced Pinwheel inclusions Epidermal leaf strips obtained from systemically infected cowpea V. ungu i cu 1 ata were floated on a b% solution of Triton X-100 for 5 to 10 min and subsequently stained with a combination of calcomine orange and "luxol" brilliant green as described by Christie (1967). The stained leaf strips were mounted in euparal on glass slides and examined with a light microscope for the presence of cytoplasmic inclusions. Similarly, strips from non inocu 1 ated V. unguiculata were also stained and examined in the light microscope as controls. Cylindrical inclusions were examined in situ in ultrathin sections with an electron microscope. Small pieces were taken from symptomatic areas of systemically infected cowpea leaves and fixed for 2 to 3 hr at room temperature in Karnovsky's formaldehydeg 1 utara 1 dehyde fixative prepared in 0.1 M cacodylate buffer, pH 7.2 (Karnovsky, 1965). After washing with 0,1 M cacodylate buffer, the small leaf pieces were postfixed for 1 to 2 hr at room temperature

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23 in 2% osmium tetroxide and progressively dehydrated in an increasing ethanol solution series. The leaf pieces were maintdined for 5 to 15 min in each ethanol solution at room temperature. The pieces were stained overnight at k C In a solution of 7S% ethanol containing 2% uranyl acetate and subsequently dehydrated in a second series of ethanol solutions (75 100.^) followed by 100^ acetone or propylene oxide. They were then embedded in plastic containing Epon 8|2, Araldite 502, and dodeceny 1 succ in ic anhydride. Ultrathin sections were cut with a diamond knife in a Sorvall MT-2 ul t ramie rotome and mounted on copper grids with carbon-coated Formvar film. The specimens mounted on the grids were poststained with 3% potassium permanganate (2 min), \Z uranyl acetate (2 min), and lead citrate (2 min). These sections as well as those obtained from non inocu lated cowpea plants were examined with a Philips Model 200 electron microscope. Purified BICMV-I preparations were mounted on carbon-coated Formvar film supported by copper grids and stained with either ]% ammonium molybdate or 2% uranyl acetate, before examination by electron microscopy. Host Range and Screening Cowpea Varieties for Resista n c e Test plants were inoculated with crude sap from 'Knuckle Purple Hull' systemically infected with BICMV. The inoculum was prepared by grinding leaf tissue in 0.05 M KPO^, pH 7-5 ( 1 /2 w/v) The inoculations were done by rubbing the inoculum on carborundum-dusted leaves of the test plants which were maintained in greenhouse conditions for at least one month for observation of symptoms. All inoculated plants, including those that did not show any symptoms were checked serologically for the presence of BICMV.

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2k The cowpea varieties were also inoculated with CPMV, CAMV and BCMV-S. Crude sap from all inoculated cowpea plants were also tested in double immunodiffusion against antisera specific for CPMV, BICMV, and BCMV-S, respectively. Since CAMV was shown to be serologically related to BICMV, the serological tests to detect its presence in the inoculated plants were done with BICMV antiserum. Resul ts Purification and Pro perties of Blackeye Cowpea Mosa i c Virus Purified preparations of BICMV were obtained from systemically infected leaves of either V. un cjuiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (Fig. 1 -A) Of fibenthamiana using the purification procedures diagrammed in Figures 2, 3, and k. The best yield with the highest degree of purity was obtained using the first method of virus purification (Fig. 2) and infected cowpea leaves (Fig. I-A) as a source of virus. The first trifoliolate cowpea leaves collected 15 to 18 days after inoculations gave the highest yield of virus (8 10 mg) per 100 g (fresh weight) of infected tissue and n^-butanol proved to be the best clarifying agent for cowpea tissue. An opa lescent, sharp virus-band was usually obtained after equilibrium density gradient cent r i fugat ion in 30^ CsCl. The virus zone was located at 12 to 15 nm from the bottom of the tube while most of the green host components stayed at the top portion of the gradient. The clear pellet obtained after a high speed centrifugation of virus removed from CsCl gradients confirmed the absence of colored host components. The combination of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride, although necessary for inclusion purification, was an inferior method of clarification for obtaining virus from cowpea

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Figure 1 Systemic and localized symptoms induced by blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) in cowpea, V^. ungu i cu 1 ata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' and C. a marant {color A) Typical mosaic on secondary trifol folate leaf of cowpea plant inoculated with BICMV (l), and primary trifoliate leaf showing vein clearing (2). B) Local lesions on leaf of C. amarant i col or inoculated with BICMV. ~

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Figure 2 Flow diagram outlining the procedure of purification of BICMV using n-butanol as clarifying agent, polyethylene glycol (peg) for virus concentration, CsCl gradient cent ri fugat ion for separation of virus from host components, and differential centr i fugat ion for further virus purification. For details, see description in materials and methods section.

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28 PELLET — (Discard) SUPERNATANT(Discard) PELLET— (Discard) SYSTEMICALLY INFECTED TISSUE 0.5M KPO4 pH 7.5 + 0.5-1.0% Na2S02 GRiriD I FILTER 8% nUTANOL STIR: OVERNIGHT CENTRIFUGATION: n700g lOmin SUP 8% [RNATANT 'EG STIR : 60min CENTRIFUGATION: 11700 g lOmin PELLET CO^M KPO^ pH 8.2 + O.n 2-ME CsCl GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: d=1.28g/cc 120000g 18 hr COLLECT VIRUS ZONE CENTRIFUGATION: n700g lOmin SUPFRNATANT CENTRIFUGATION: 85000g 90niin SUPERNATANT(Discard) PEL ET 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 VIRUS

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Figure 3 Flow diagram outlining the procedure for purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions, using chloroform and carbon tetrachloride as clarifying agents. The procedure is described in the text.

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30 SYSTEIICALLY INFECTED TISSUE 0.5M KPO^ pH 7.5 + CHCI3+ CCI4+ i: Na^SOj CENTRIFUGATION: 4,000g Smin PELLET (Discard) SUPERNATANT CENTRIFUGATION: ll,700g IBmin SUPERNATANT(Discard) PELLET — (Discard) SUPERNATANT^ (Discard) SUPERNATANT— (Virus) 8% |eG ST IP : 60min CEN RIFUGATION: ll,700g lOmin PELpT O.Oj'M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1% 2-ME CsCl GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: d=lj28g/cc-120000g 18hr COL|-ECT VIRUS ZONE CENTRIFUGATION: ll,700g lOmin SUPERNATANT CEN RIFUGATION: 85,000g 90niin PELLET 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 VIRUS PELLET ( Inclusions) 0.05M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1". 2-ME homAgenization 5% IRITON-X CENTRIFUGATION: 27,000g ISmin -SUPERNATANT (Discard) PELLET SUCROSE STEP GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: 45,^00g eOmin COLLECT INCLUSION ZONE CEN RIFUGATION: 27,000g ISmin -SUPERNATANT (Discard) PELLET 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 INCLUSIONS

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Figure ^ Flow diagram outlining the steps carried out during the purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions by a combination of the first (Fig. 2) and second (Fig. 3) methods for purification of virus and inclusions.

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32 INFECTED TISSUE 0.5M KPO4 pH 7.5 + 0.5-1.0% Na2S03 GRIND FILTER VIRUS ONLY PELLET — (Discard) SUPERNATANT( Discard) PELLET — (Discard) SUPERNATANT(Discard) CENTRIFUGATION: lUOOg-lOmin SUPERNATANT( Virus) I -8% BUTANOL STIB : OVERNIGHT CENTRIFUGATION: lUOOg-lOmin SUPpNATANT 8% PEG-^ STIP eOmin CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g-10min PELLET 0.02M KPO4 pH 8.2 + 0.1% 2-ME CsCl GRADIENT CENTRIFUGATION: d=1.28g/cc 120000g IShr COLLECT VIRUS ZONE CENTRIFUGATION: 1 1 ZOOg-lOmin SUPERNATANT I CENTRIFUGATION: 85000g-90min PELLET 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 VIRUS PELLET (Inclujions + Some Virus) 0.5M KPO4 pH 8.2 + Na2S0,+ CHCl, + CC^. I CENTRIFUGATION: 4000g-5min PELLE"F — (Discard) -SUPERNATANT(Virus) SUPERNATANT(Discard SUPERNATANT( Discard) AQUEOUS PHASE CENTRIFUGATION: 11700g-15niin PELjET HOMjGENIZATION 5% TRITON-X CENTRIFUGATION: 27000g-15min PELLET I 0.05M KPO4 pH 8.2 + O.li 2-ME SUCraSE STEP GRADIENT CEN|RIFUGATION: 45000g-60niin COL ECT INCLUSION ZONE CENTRIFUGATION: 27000q-l 5min i PELl ET 0.02M TRIS pH 8.2 INCLUSIONS

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33 tissues. With this inerhod, a clear sap was obtained after the first low speed cent r i fuqa r ion but the virus zone in the CsCI gradient was not very well separated from the host components. Plants of C, am.uant icolp r and V. unguiculcita mechanically inoculated with purified preparations of BICMV showed the first symptoms of local lesions and systemic mosaic (fig. I) ^ and 7 days after inoculation, respectively. The ultraviolet absorption curve (Fig, 5) obtained for the purified preparations of BICMV had a maximum between 260 and 262 nm, and a riiinimum at 2kh to 2^5 nm. The ratio between the absorption at wavelengths of 260 and 280 nm was approximately 1,2 after correction for light scattering, as would be expected for a member of the PVY group. This value is consistent and agrees with those of other long flexuous rod-shaped viruses (Shepherd and Purcifull, 1971; Tosic et al., 197'^; and Barnett and Alper, 1977), The virus solutions showed strong stream birefringence and electron microscopic examinations indicated that 73% of the 190 virus particles examined were between 700 and 800 nm (Figs. 6, 7, 8). The rods observed in the purified preparations (Fig. 6) indicated a low percentage of virus fragmentation during the purification processes. As the result of end-to-end virus aggregation, a few particles with 1^00 to 1500 nm were also observed. Purified virus preparations usually were relatively free of normal plant constituents when examined with the electron microscope and in the spectrophotometer. Sedimentation coefficients determined for the virus at 20 C either In 0,02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, or in 0.05 M borate buffer, pH 8.2, indicated that BICMV sedimented as a single species with the S2Q values of 157 159 S. On the other hand, the Schlieren pattern (pig9)

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Figure 5 Absorption spectra of purified preparations of BlCMV in 0.02 M Tris buffer, pH 8.2, and B1CMV cytoplasmic inclusions in the same buffer.

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Figure 6 Electron microscopy of BlCMV in a purified preparation and in cowpea leaf extracts. A) Purifieii preparation of BlCMV negatively stained with 2% phosphotungst ic acid, pH 6.5, containing Q.n BSA; B) Serologically specific electron microscopy (SSEM) of leaf extract from cowpea plants systemically infected with BlCMV. Antiserum for BlCMV diluted 1/1000 in 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.2, was used to sensitize the grid and the virus particles were positively stained with \% urany] acetate. Note the considerable increase in virus concentration compared with the normal leaf-dip preparation (C) ; C) Leaf-dip preparation of cowpea leaf tissue systemically infected with BlCMV, negatively stained with 2% phosphotungstate

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Figure 7 Histograms of lengths of BICMV particles from purified preparation negatively stained with phosphotungstate (a), and cowpea leaf extract using the serologically specific electron microscopy and uranyl acetate as a positive stain (B) Class interval for both histograms 50 nm.

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Figure 8 Histograms of BICMV particle lengths from two different electron microscopic preparations to show particle length distribution from 600 to 900 nm. Class interval = 20 nm. a) Particle length distribution of BICMV from purified preparation negatively stained with phosphotungs tate ; B) Particle length distribution of BICMV from cowpea leaf extract prepared on grids sensitized with BICMV antiserum and positively stained with uranyl acetate.

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42 revealed a difference in S values between BICMV in fresh preparations and BICMV in purified preparations stored at C for more than 30 days. Both virus preparations showed a single sedimenting peak, but the s^Q values for BICMV in fresh preparations and at a concentration varyiny from 0.5 to 1.0 mg/ml ranged from 157 to 159 S while the s^q values for the virus in the stored preparations and at the same concentrations ranged from 1^0 to 1^42 S (Fig. 9). The lower sedimentation coefficients obtained for the stored virus suggested that a change in virus mass (mW) had occurred. Hiebert and McDonald (1976) observed some possible enzymatic degradation of caps id protein of purified turnip mosaic virus. Proteolytic degradation of capsid protein of stored purified preparations of BICMV was also observed by polyacry lamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) studies. Polyacry lamide gel electrophoresis analysis of SDS-degraded virus of a freshly purified preparation of BICMV revealed a main protein component with an estimated molecular weight (MW) of 3^,000 daltons and two smaller ones with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons (Fig. 10). These smaller components may have arisen by degradation of the slow moving component during storage (Hiebert and McDonald, 1976). Stored BICMV preparations contained only the faster moving protein components with MWs of 29,000 and 27,000 daltons (Fig. 10), presumably derived from 3^,000 daltons component Purified Inclusion Preparations Using either of the methods outlined in Figs. 3 and ^, purified cylindrical inclusions induced by BICMV were obtained from the same batches of systemically infected leaf tissue of V. unguiculata or

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Figure 9 Schlieren patterns from sedimentation velocity experiment with stored (A), and fresh (B) purified preparations of BICMV. Photograph was taken 8 minutes after the rotor reached a speed of 27,690 rpm. Sedimentation is from left to right.

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    Hj. benthamian a used for virus purification. Electron microscopy of purified BICMV-I negatively stained with molybdate revealed the presence of tubular inclusions with only trace amounts of host components (Fig. 11). At high magnification, striations of protein subunits were observed on individual tubes (Fig. 1 1 -D) These regularly spaced striations were estimated to have a periodicity of approximately 5 nm. Striations with similar periodicity have been observed in cytoplasmic inclusions induced by several other potyviruses (Edwardson et al., 1968; Hiebert and McDonald, 1973; and Morales and Zettler, 1977). Few virus particles were observed in the purified preparations of BlCMV-l which were not reactive to BICMV-As (Fig. 12). Purified preparations of B1CM\/-I with the highest degree of purity were obtained from N^. benthamiana with yields of 5 to 20 l^2^Q units were usually obtained from 100 g of fresh weight of N. benthamiana or V. unguiculata tissues. The ultraviolet absorption spectrum obtained for SDS disassociated BICMV-I was typical of proteins, with a maximum at 277 nm and a minimum at Ihd 2^48 nm (Fig. 5). Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of SDS-di srupted inclusion proteins revealed a single subunit component estimated to have a MW of 70,000 daltons (Fig. 10). Virus Particle Size and Stability in Sap Electron microscopic examinations of purified preparations of BICMV negatively stained with PTA indicated that IZt of 190 virus particles measured were between 700 and 800 nm with a modal length of 753 nm. Particle measurements of several leaf-dip preparations negatively stained with PTA and of grids prepared for SSEM with infected cowpea leaf tissue gave modal lengths of 758 and 780 nm,

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    Figure II Electron micrographs of purified preparations of BiCMV cytoplai.mic inclusions stained with molybdate. All purified preparations consisted of tubes, most of which were fragmented during the purification process. Note striations (St) on high magnification (d)

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    52 respectively, with 90?; of the particle lengths ranging from 700 to 800 nm (Figs. 7 and 8). Some variation was observed with the particle size of purified virus stained with PTA and virus particles in leaf extracts prepared by SSEM and stained with uranyl acetate (Figs. 7 and 8). On the other hand, grids with less plant debris and higher concentrations of virus particles were obtained with SSEM than with the conventional leaf-dip preparation (Fig. 6). Using normal leaf-dip prepaiations at least four grids were prepared and 10 electron micrographs were taken to measure a maximum of 25 virus particles. On the other hand, 132 virus particles were measured by examining two micrographs obtained by SSEM. In cowpea leaf extracts, BICMV had a TIP of 65 C, LIV of k8 hr, and DEP of 10 Biackeye cowpea mosaic virus was still infectious after 10 min at 60 i: but not at 65 C and lost its infectivity after ^8 hr at room temperature, but not at 2h hr. Sap of cowpea leaves systemically infected with BICMV lost infectivity when diluted more than 10 ^ with distilled water. Serology Antisera specific for BICMV were obtained against untreated virions and pyrrolidine degraded viral protein. Both antisera reacted with SDSor pyrrol idine-treated BICMV in purified preparations or in plant sap in double and single radial diffusion tests (Figs. 12, 13, 1^). Most bleedings were specific for viral antigens; however, some bleedings also reacted with extracts from healthy plants, suggesting the presence of antibodies specific for normal plant components. To remove these antibodies the antiserum was absorbed with plant

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    Figure 13 Single radial diffusion tests in agar media containing different concentrations of SDS and antisera for blackeye cowpea niDsaic virus (BICMV-As) and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV-As), The media in (A, B, C) contain 0.8% Noble agar, 1.0^ NaN 0.3^0 SDS, and lO;^ BICMV-As (a) \5l BlCMV-As (B), and^20^n BICMV-As (C) The media in (D. E, F) contain 0.8t Noble agar, 1.0?; NaN3, O.^l SDS, and 10^ BICMV-As (D), \5t BICMV-As (E) and 201 BlCMV-As (F) The wells in (A, B, C, D, E, F) were charged with: (l) extracts from B I CMVinfected cowpea prepared in 1.5^ SDS 1/2 (w/v), (2) solution used in "I" diluted 1/2 with SDS, (^4) solution used in "1" diluted ]/^ with 1.5V, SDS, (8) solution used in "1" diluted 1/8 with ].S-o SDS, and (H) extract from healthy cowpea prepared in 1.5^ SDS. The media in (G, H) contain 0.8^ Noble agar, ].0% NaN 0.5^ SDS, and 15!^ BlCMV-As + ]5% CPMV-As (G), and^lO?, B1Cmv-As + 10% CPMV-As (H) The media in (I, J) contain 0.8% Noble aqar, ] .0% HaH-^ 0.3Z : SDS, and ]0% BlCMV-As + \0t CPMV-As (l), and 8% BICMV-As + 8'/o CPMV-As (j) The wells in (G. H, I J) were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: BICMVY infected cowpea (row no. 1), CPMVi nf ected cowpea (row no. 2), cowpea leaf tissue containing both BICMV and CPMV (row no. 3), and healthy cowpea (row no. k)

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    Figure ]k Single radio! diffusion tests with SDS and pyrrolidine degraded capsid protein of blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BICMV) and cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) The media in (A, B, C) contain 0.8% Noble agar, ].0l NaN ().5>o SDS, and 1 5>o BlCMV-As (A) 15% CPMV-As (B), and^lOX BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (C) The wells were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: BICMVinfected cowpea (row l), CPMVinfected cowpea (row 2), BICMV and CPMV in cowpea (row 3), and healthy cowpea (row A) The media in (D, E, F) contain 0.8% Noble agar, CPMV-As (E), and 10% BICMV-As + 10% CPMV-As (F) prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.2. The wells were (barged with py r ro 1 i d i ne-t reated extract from: Bl CMVinfected cowpea (row 1), CPMVinfected cowpea (row 2), BICMV and CPMV in cowpea (row 3), and healthy cowpea leaves (row k) BICMV-As (D), 15%

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    57 components purified from V^. ungu icu I ata by high speed cent r i fugat ion according to the method used by Purcifull et al. (1973). The high specificity of most of the antisera obtained against purified BICMV preparations confirmed the efficiency of the methods used for its purification. The titers of antiserum varied depending on the bleeding date and on the rabbits, but 32 was the highest antiserum titer estimated by SDS-gel double immunodiffusion tests with a series of dilutions (1/2, 1/4, 1/B, 1/16, and 1/32) of B 1 CMVi nf ected cowpea tissue prepared in 1.5^ SDS Antiserum specific for cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV was obtained from a rabbit injected with preparations of BICMV-I purified from infecred tissue of N^. b enthamiana The BlCMV-l antiserum reacted specifically with purified preparations of BICMV-I and crude sap of Bl CMVinfect ed cowpea, but not with either purified preparations of BICMV or crude sdp of non inocu lated plants (Fig. 12-B). The positive reactions with BICMV-I were more evident after 48 hr of incubation. The results obtained with BICMV antiserum also indicated that BICMV was not serologically related to its cytoplasmic inclusions (Fig. 12-A). Attempts to obtain specific antiserum by injecting rabbits with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea tissue were unsuccessful. All three rabbits injected with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea developed high titers of antibodies specific for normal plant tissue antigens. Single radial immunodiffusion studies in SDS-agar medium impregnated with the virus antiserum indicated that appropriate SDS and antiserum concentrations need to be previously selected for highest sensitivity and to avoid spurious reactions. The best results were

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    58 observed when the antigens were prepared in 1.5^ SDS and the medium used had 0.3^^ SDS and lO;^ antiserum (Fig. 13-A) or 0.5^ SDS and ]5Z antiserum (Fig. 13-E). The same results were consistently observed with different batches of plates with the same medium compositions. Similar results were also observed with CPMV using antiserum obtained for SDS-treated virus. On the other hand, different results were observed in SDS medium containing a mixture of BlCMV and CPMV antisera. All media containing 0.3^ SDS were cloudy with all combinations of BlCMV and CPMV antisera used (Fig. 13-1, J ) i nd i ca t i ng some type of interaction between SDS and antiserum proteins. However, even with the cloudy appearance, some virus-specific reactions were still observed (Fig. 13-1, -J). Clearer media were obtained with 0.5^ SDS and 10 or ]5l of each antiserum. The best reactions, however, were observed when both BlCMV and CPMV antisera were used at concentrations of ]0% in media containing O.SZ SDS (Fig. 13-H). Strong precipitin rings were observed around the wells containing BlCMV or a combination of BlCMV and CPMV whereas weaker reactions were observed around the wells containing only CPMV (Figs. 13-H, \h'C) Unexpectedly, no reactions were observed around the wells containing only CPMV in a medium containing \S% of each antiserum and 0.5% of SDS (Fig. 13-G). Virus-specific reactions using BlCMV and CPMV antisera were also obtained with the single radial diffusion method described by Shepard (1972). Precipitin rings around the virus-wells were observed when the antigens were prepared in 1.5 or 2.5% pyrrolidine and the medium used contained 0.8"^ Nuble agar, 0.2^ NaN^ and 10 to 1 5^o virus antisera prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.2, containing 0.85^ NaCl. Sharp, white precipitin rings were formed close to edges of

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    59 the wells containing BICMV in agar medium prepared with BlCMV antiserum, whereas whitish halos with greater diameters were formed around the wells containing CPMV in agar medium impregnated with CPMV antiserum (Fig. lA-D, -E, -F) The same distinction between these two types of precipitin rings was observed when both antisera were added into the same medium, so that two concentric rings were formed around the wells containing both viruses (Fig. I^i-F). The inner ring was the result of BlCMV-ant ibody specific reactions and the larger halos resulted from CPMV-spe.;if ic reactions. This difference in types of precipitin rings could be related to the concentration of the antigens placed in the wells and to the reciprocal of antibody concentration (Shepard, 1972). Stronger and more compact rings were observed with CPMV when the antigens were diluted or the antiserum concentration was increased. Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with SDS-treated antigens showed that BICMV is serologically related to, but distinct from, the following potyvi ruses; BCMV-BV-1, BCMV-S, BYMV DMV LMV, PVY, SoyMV TEV, and WMV-2 (Fig. 15). No reactions were detected, however, with certain potyvi ruses, including BiMV, PeMV TuMV WMV-1, CoMV PVMV, and PWMV. Antiserum for BICMV also reacted specifically with CAMV forming a distinct spur which extended past the heterologous reaction (Fig. 16-A). In all positive serological relationships observed in the reciprocal serological tests, spurs were formed in both directions (Fig. 15). The serological distinctions observed between BICMV and BCMV-S, and CAMV by spur fonnation were demonstrated by the intragel cross absorption technique (Fig. 16-B, -D) The heterologous antigens.

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    Figure 15 Reciprocal double immunodiffusion tests with BICMV and other potyviruses in medium containing 0.8^ Noble agar 1.0^ NaN3, and 0.5^ SDS prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.2. All the antigenic solutions were prepared in 1.5'-^ SPS. The center wells were charged with: (1) BICMV antiserum, (2) PVY antiserum, (3) TEV antiserum, (k) WMV-2 antiserum, (5) DMV antiserum, (6) BCMV-BV-l antiserum, (7) BCMV-S antiserum, (8) SoyMV antiserum, (9) BYMV antiserum, (lO) BiMV antiserum, and (ll) I MV antiserum. The top rows of wells in all cases were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: (a) BICMVinfected cowpea, and (c) healthy cowpea. The bottom rows of wells were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: A) PVYinfected tobacco (b) and healthy tobacco (d) ; B) TEVinfected tobacco (b) and healthy tobacco (d) ; C) WMV-2infected pumpkin (b) and healthy pumpkin (d) ; D) DMVinfected dasheen (b) and healthy dasheen (d) ; E) BCMV-DV-l infected bean (t)),and healthy bean (d) ; F) BCMV-Sinfected bean (b) and healthy bean (d) ; G) SoyMV-infected N. bent hamiana (b) and healthy N. bent hamia na (d) ; HFBYMVinfected pea (b) and healthy pea Td) ; l) B iMVi n f ect ed Nicot iana hybrid (b) and healthy N i c ot iana hybrid (d) ; anJTPLMVinfected pea (b) and healthy pea (d)

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    Figure 16 Immunodiffusion tests with BlCMV, Moroccan isolate of CAMV and siratro strain of bean common mosaic virus (BCMV-S) in agar medium containing 0.8^^ Noble agar, 1.0% NdN,, cjnd 0.5% SDS prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.2. A) Serological tests with BlCMV and CAMV. The center wells were charged with: BlCMV antiserum (Bis), and normal serum (Ns) The peripheral wells were filled with SOS-treated extracts from: (BI) B1 CMVinfected cowpea, (Ca) CAMVinfected cowpea and (H) healthy cowpea B) Intragel cross-absorption test with BlCMV and CAMV. The center wells were charged with: (l) BlCMV antiserum, (2) purified CAMV and 20 hr later BlCMV antiserum. The peripheral wells were filled with SDStreated extracts from: (Bl) BI CMVinfected cowpea, (Ca) CAMVinfected cowpea, and (H) healthy cowpea. C) Serological tests with BlCMV and BCMV-S. The center wells wp.re charged with: (Bis) BlCMV antiserum, (Ss) BCMV-S antiserum. The peripheral wells were filled with SOS-treated extracts from: (Bl) Bl CMVinfected cowpea, (S) BCMV-Sinfected bean, (Hb) healthy bean, and (He) healthy cowpea. The arrows point to spurs. D) Intragel cross-absorption test with BlCMV and BCMV-S. The center wells were filled with: (l) BlCMV antiserum, end (2) purified BCMV-S and 20 hr later BlCMV antiserum. The peripheral wells were charged with SDb-treated extracts from: (Bl) B 1 CMVi nf ec ted cowpea, (S) BCMV-Sinfected bean, (Hb) healthy bean, and (Hc) healthy cowpea. E) Serological tests with BCMV-S and CAMV using two different antisera for BCMV-S. The center wells were charged with: (l) BCMV-S antiserum from a rabbit inoculated with freshly purified preparations of BCMV-S, and (2) BCMV-S antiserum obtained from the same rabbit after a booster injection with purified BCMV-S stored at '4 C for 30 days. The peripheral wells were charged with SOS-treated extracts from: (S) BCMV-Sinfected bean, (Ca) CAMVinfected cowpea, (Hc) healthy cowpea, and (Hb) healthy bean. F) Serological test with fresh and stored purified preparations of BlCMV. The center well was charged with BH.MV antiserum, and the peripheral wells with SDS-treated new purified preparation of BlCMV (Np) old purified BlCMV (Op), and healthy cowpea extracts (H).

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    64 which were placed in the center well prior to the antiserum, crossreacted with and fully precipitated the cross-reacting antibodies at the region of optimal proportions close to the center well. Serological distinction was also observed between a freshly purified preparation of BICMV and purified BICMV stored at ^ C for more than 30 days (Fig. .16-F). This suggested some enzymatic degradation of certain BICMV antigenic determinants during the storage period Serological relationship studies between CAMV and BCMV-S using BCMV-S antisera obtained by different bleedings of the same rabbit indicated that the antiserum specificity varied according to the Immunization program and the conditions of the antigenic solution used A highly specific antiserum for BCMV-S was obtained from a rabbit injected with approximately 8 mg of freshly purified preparations of BCMV-S. Using this specific antiserum it was possible to show a complete serological distinction between BCMV-S and CAMV (Fig. 16-E). About three months after the initial immunization, a booster injection with a purified preparation of BCMV-S stored at 4 C for more than one month was given to the same rabbit. All antisera obtained 15 days or more after the booster injection reacted with CAMV, forming a spur between CAMV and BCMV-S when they were placed into adjacent antigen wells around the an t i serum we 1 1 (Fig. 16-E). Light and Electron Microscopy Light microscopic observations of epidermal leaf strip preparations from plants systemically infected with BICMV revealed the presence of tubular cytoplasmic inclusions similar to those described by Edwardson et al. (1972) and Edwardson (197'*) for BICMV. Side views of groups of tubular inclusions were easily observed in B 1 CMVInfected

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    65 leaves (Fiq. 17), and at high maqn i f i ca t ion end views of them could be seen as small dots by changing the microscope focus. In ultrathin sections of B 1 CMVinfected tissue, these inclusions consisted of tubes attached to a central core, forming pinwheels (Fig. 18), similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subdivis ion-l (Edwatdson, 197'*)As reported by Edwardson (1974), the pinwheels contained arms with pronounced curvatures and tight scroll-like tubular inclusions. Only tubes were observed in purified preparations of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BlCMV (Fig. 11). Host Range and Resistant Cowpea Varieties Blackeye cowpe.j mosaic virus was readily transmitted mechanically from cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' to the following plants in which it was detected serologically and caused the following symptoms: ^'"ilta Uria spectabi I is (mosaic); Glycine max (l.) Mer. (mild mottle and chlorotic spots); Macropt i 1 i um at ropurpureum (DC.) Urb. (mosaic); Macroptilium bracteatum (L.) Urb. (mosaic); N icotiana bent ham i ana (mottle); Ocimum basi 1 icum (local lesions); Phaseolus vulgaris 'Black Turtle-2' (epinasty, necror.is, yellowing) and 'Bountiful' (chlorotic spots on inoculated leaves); V igna unguiculata 'Black Local' (mosaic), 'Early Ramshorn' (mottle), 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (mosaic), and 12 Brazilian cowpea cultivars in which the reactions varied from symptomless to mosaic (Table I). Small chlorotic lesions were found on the leaves of C henopodiu m amaran t i co lor inoculated with purified preparations of BlCMV or cowpea sap containing BlCMV (Fig. 1-B). Based on failure to induce symptoms and on negative serological results, BlCMV did not infect Arachis hypogaea L. 'Florunner', Capsicum

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    Figure 17 Photomicrographs (A, B, D) of cytoplasmic inclusions in epidermal strips of cowpea leaves systemically infected with BICMV, stained with a combination of calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green. A) cells with masses of cytoplasmic inclusions, B) details of mass of inclusions seen in "A", c) general view of the inclusion distribution in epidermal cells, and n) phase contrast micrograph of the area photographed in "A". (Ci) cytoplasmic inclusions, (CW) plant cell wall, (G) guard cells, and (Nu) nucleus.

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    71 annuuni L. Ear ly Ca I wonder ; C ucumis s at i vus L. ; Cucurb i ta pepo L. •Small Sugar'; Lupinus a ngust i fol ius L. 'Bitter Blue'; Lupinus luteus L. 'Sweet Yellow'; P haseolus vulgaris 'Black Turtle-1', 'Green Northern 11'40', 'Improved Tendergreen 'Lake Shasta', 'Michel ite 62', 'Pink Rosa', 'Pink Viva', 'Puregold Wax', "Red Mexican U-3A', 'Red Mexican U-35', 'Top-crop' and 'VC 1822'; Pisum sativum L. 'Alaska', 'Bonneville' and 'Ranger'; and V^ici^ faba L. The reactions uf cowpea varieties to mechanical inoculations of BICMV, BCMV-S, CAMV, and CPMV are indicated in Table I. All inoculated plants were assayed serologically for the presence of the viruses (Table I). D i scuss io n Blackeye cowped mosaic virus and its cytoplasmic inclusions were successfully purified from systemically infected cowpea or N. benthamiana leaf tissues with the procedures outlined herein. The first method of virus purification (Fig. 2) gave good yields of highly purified BICMV, and the combination of n butanol and chloroform-carbon tetrachloride (Fig. 4) was the better procedure for purification of BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions from the same batch of tissue. The high degree of purity of the BICMV preparations indicated by spectrophotometry, analytical cen t r i f uga r ion and PAGE analyses, as well as serological studies and electron microscopic observations, confirmed the efficiency of the pur i f i cat ion procedures. Aggregation of virus particles and virus and host components during purification appears to be a limiting factor for obtaining high

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    72 yields of viruses in the PVY group (Shepherd and Pound, I960; van Oosten, 1972; Hiebert and McDonald, 1973; Uyeda et al., 1975; and Barnett and Alper, 1977). Hiebert and McDonald (1973) reported aggregation of virus particles after PEG precipitation. The losses of BICMV by low speed centr ifugat ion due to aggregation of virus particles were reduced by maintaining the virus in KPO^, buffer, pH 8.2, after precipitation with PEG. Another critical aspect on purification of potyviruses for obtaining maximum virus yield is the host used for virus increase. In order to obtain a good yield of BICMV from the 'Knuckle Purple Hull' variety of cowpea the virus was inoculated into the source plants at the age of 3 to days after emergence and the systemically infected leaf tissues were harvested 15 to 18 days after inoculation. Attempts to purify the virus from plants inoculated later than that or from tissue harvested more than 30 days after inoculation resulted in very poor yields of virus and cytoplasmic inclusions. Electron microscopic examinations of purified preparations of BICMV indicated a low percentage of virus fragmentation during the purification processes (Fig. 6-A) Particle measurements of purified BICMV and of BICMV particles on grids prepared for SSEM with infected cowpea leaf tissue gave two modal lengths (Figs. 7, 8) which differed by approximately 30 nm. Variations in lengths of virus particles have been extensively observed (Edwardson, 197'*). As reviewed by Edwardson (197'*), virus length variations may be attributed to several factors, including sample preparation, host influence, virus strain differences, and normal fluctuations in the electron microscope magnification. Increase of 50 to 100 nm in certain potyvirus particle lengths induced

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    73 by magnesium ions were reported by Govier and Woods (1971). They indicated that in the presence of Mg ions the particles were straight, contrasting with tht: flexuous particles observed in the absence of Mg ions. On ant i serum-coated grids several antibodies combine with a single virus particle and, possibly, increase its length. Because of the specific antigen-antibody reaction the BICMV particles were so strongly attached to the surface of the ant i serum-coated grids that they could not be rt;moved by repeated washing. On the other hand, positive staining of BICMV particles with ethanol ic uranyl acetate may have induced some changes in their lengths. Measurements of 25 BICMV particles on ijrids prepared by conventional leaf-dip preparation with PTA gave a modcil length similar to that estimated for purified BICMV negatively st.ilned with PTA. Milne and Luisoni (1977) emphasized that negative staining gives better preservation and better resolution of viral capsids than positive staining. Using SSEM with uranyl acetate as a negative stain, Milne and Luisoni (1977), observed no change in the normal lengths of TMV and a potexvirus. However, leafdip preparations often contain too few particles to photograph conveniently for virus particle measurements, whereas relatively large numbers of particles can be photographed by using the serologically specific electron microscopic technique. As indicated by Derrick and Brlansky (1976), the addition of sucrose in the extracting and washing buffers greatly reduced the amount of plant debris on the SSEM grids. High amounts of plant debris in electron microscopic preparations are frequent problems in establishing the dimensions of a virus.

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    7^ Polyacryl amide gel electrophoresis of SDS dissociated cytoplasmic inclusions and viral coat proteins clearly indicated that ths viral coat protein subunit was smaller than the inclusion subunit (Fig. 10). The PAGE results revealed that the inclusions were made of a single kind of protein with an estimated molecular weight of 70,000 daltons. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of cytoplasmic inclusion preparations conducted by Hiebert and McDonald (1973) showed one protein component with molecular weight of 67,000 daltons for PVY; 67,000 for PeMV; 69,300 for BiMV; 69,600 for TEV; and 70,300 for TuMV. The PAGE studies also indicated that freshly purified BlCMV consisted of a main protein component with a molecular weight around 3^*,000 daltons. Two smaller protein components were also revealed by PAGE analysis of SDS denatured viral coat protein (Fig. 10). Since only traces of the faster moving proteins were observed with fresh purified BlCMV, and greater amounts of these prote inaceous components were revealed by PAGE analyses of stored purified BlCMV preparations (Fig. 10), it is assumed that the smaller components are due to the degradation of the slow moving protein during purification and storage. Hiebert and McDonald (1976) observed that some possible enzymatic degradation of TuMV capsid protein occurred during storage of purified virus preparations. The lower sedimentation coefficient estimated for stored purified BlCMV preparations (Fig. 9) is further evidence of proteolytic degradation of viral coat protein during storage at C. According to Hiebert and McDonald (1976), it is likely that "s^q values reported for potyviruses that are near ]kO S represent virus with partially degraded capsid protein, whereas those near 160 S represent virus with intact capsid protein." This proteolytic degradation also changes

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    75 the antigenic properties of viral coat protein (Hiebert and McDonald, 1976; and Purcifull and Batchelor, 1977). Using antiserum obtained for freshly purified BICMV, serological distinction was observed between freshly purified preparations of BICMV and purified BICMV stored at ^ C for more than 30 days (Fig, 16-F). The serological distinctions between different antigen preparations of the same virus observed herein are of great significance for serological identification and characterization of potyviruses as pointed out by Hiebert and McDonald (1976) and Purcifull and Batchelor (1977). It IS important to keep in mind that purification, storage of either purified virus preparations or crude sap containing virus, and mailing of virusInfected fresh plant tissues may all result in modifications in the antigenic properties of viral coat protein. To solve this problem, the preservation of plant virus antigens by 1 yoph i 1 i zat ion of crude extracts from infected plants (Purcifull et al., 1975) or purified virus preparations is recommended. Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus has been maintained in lyophilized condition either in crude sap or purified preparation over two years during the course of this study without any perceptive change in its antigenic properties. Another factor that should be considered during serological relationship studies between viruses in the PVY group is the specificity of antisera. Variations in the degree of cross reactivity exhibited by different antisera obtained against the same virus have been attributed to differences between individual animals (van Regenmortel and von Wechmar, 1970), route and number of injections used in the immunization program (Hoi lings and Stone, 1965) and time of bleeding

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    76 (Tremaine and Wright, 1967; and Koenig and Givord, \37^) The results of the present study indicated that the immunization program and the conditions of the antigenic solution used for rabbit immunization may also affect the antiserum specificity. A highly specific antiserum for BCMV-S was obtained from a rabbit immunized with freshly purified BCMV-S, whereas antiserum with a broader cross-reactive spectrum was obtained from the same rabbit after a booster injection with a purified preparation of BCMV-S stored at 4 C for more than one month. The use of such antisera would make it difficult to distinguish between certain plant viruses in SDS immunodiffusion tests. The serological distinction between B I CMV and BCMV-S was impossible to detect in SDS doubleimmunodiffusion when the BCMV-S antiserum with a wider cross-reactivity was used. On the other hand, an antiserum with a wide spectrum of activity should be useful for identification of vi rusinfected tissue used for plant propagation and possibly for identification of virus at the group level. As any v i rusinfected plant organ is undesirable for plant propagation the specific virus identification may not be necessary in such cases. For example, the BCMV-S antiserum was successfully used to identify cowpea seeds infected with BICMV. Unilateral serological relationships observed between BlCMV and SoyMV (Fig. 15-G) and with BICMV and BYMV (Fig. 15-H) showed the nenessity of reciprocal tests for demonstrating the absence of serological relationship between two viruses. According to Matthews (1970) "to demonstrate that two viruses are serologically unrelated, reactive antisera must be prepared against each of the viruses under test." Reciprocal tests are also important to show distinction between two closely related viruses. It was more difficult to observe a spur

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    77 between BlCMV and WMV-2 when both viruses were tested against antiserum to WMV-2 than when they were tested against BlCMV antiserum (Fig. 15-C) Similar results wete observed with BCMV isolates and BlCMV (Fig. I5-E, -F) which may explain the identical reaction reported by ilyemoto et al. (1973). It is noteworthy that BlCMV and BYMV are serologically distinct, though related. This supports the contention of Edwardson et al. (1972) and Zettler and Evans (1972) that BlCMV and BYMV should be considered distinct viruses. Serological differences between closely related viruses are better detected with antisera of fairly low titer (Matthews, 1970). On the other hand, he also stated that a high titer antiserum is preferable for demonstrating distant serological relationship. This can be illustrated by the serological tests carried out with BlCMV and CAMV isolates using a BlCMV antiserum with a titer of 32. By diluting the antiserum to 1/4, no reaction was observed with the heterologous virus (CAMV) whereas a fairly good reaction was still detected with the homologous antigen. The absence of reaction between BlCMV and LMV-ant i serum (Fig. I5-J) may be a result of the low titer of the antiserum. The intragel cross-absorption test was effective for demonstrating distinctions between two closely related viruses (Fig. I6-B, -D) This is additional evidence that serological distinctions that are undetectable in conventional doub I eimmunod i f f us ion tests may be clearly revealed by intragel cross-absorption. Using this test, Matthews (1970) revealed a serological difference between type TMV and a nitrous acid induced mutant which showed a reaction of identity when tested against

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    78 unabsorbed TMV antiserum. For a full precipitation of the crossreact ing antibodies close to the center well, a fairly high concentration of the heterologous antigen should be used to fill the antiserum well. This is illustrated by the intragel cross-absorption tests with BICMV antiserum shown in Figure 16. A precipitin ring was formed very close to the center well when a highly concentrated purified preparation of BCMV-S (0.5 1.0 mg/ml) was used to absorb BICMV antiserum (Fig. 16-D) whereas the ring formed approximately 2 mm away from edge of the well when BICMV antiserum was absorbed with a less concentrated preparation of CAMV (0.01 0.05 mg/ml) (Fig. 16-B). In both cases, though, the intragel cross-absorption test showed serological distinction between the viruses. The intensity of the reaction between the homologous antigen and the cross absorbed antiserum may give some information about the degree of relationship between the viruses. Weaker homologous reaction indicates closer serological relationship. Based on this, the results of the present study clearly indicate that BICMV is more closely related serologically to BCMV-S than to CAMV (Fig. 16-B, -D) The different degrees of serological relationships are also indicated by the intensity of the precipitin lines spurring over the heterologous virus reactions in straight diffusion tests (Fig. 16-A, -C) Serological relationship between different potyvi ruses has been commonly observed (Bercks, I960; Purcifull and Shepherd, 1964; Purcifull and Gooding, 1970; Uyemoto et al., 1972; and Shepard et al., 197^*), and the cross absorption of an antiserum with heterologous viruses has also been used to study serological relationship between plant viruses in tube precipitin tests (Wetter, 1967; and Alba and Oliveira, 1977), and in combination with gel diffusion tests (van Regenmortel 1966; Wetter,

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    79 1967; Nelson and Knuhtsen, 1973; Shepard et al., 197^4; and Jones and Diachun, 1977). The intragel cross-absorption technique was also observed to be useful in demonstrating cross-protection between serologically distinct strains of plant viruses (Lima and Nelson, 1975). The fact that most of the antisera obtained against purified BICMV preparations did not react with extracts of noninfected cowpea tissue can be added to confirm the efficiency of the virus purification procedures described herein. On the other hand, the high population of antibodies for normal plant antigens developed by the rabbits injected with BICMV-I purified from infected cowpea was an indication that v i rusinfected cowpea tissue may have a high concentration of host antigens, which were difficult to separate from the BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions. However, using N, bent hamiana as a source plant for BlCMV-l purification, antiserum specific for BlCMV-l was obtained. This is an additional indication of the useful application of N. benthamiana in plant virus research. Nicotiana benthamiana has been artificially infected with more than 50 plant viruses (Quacquarel 1 i and Avgelis, 1975; and Christie and Crawford, in press), showing its great potential for cytologlcal, serological, and physiological studies of different viruses in the same biological system. The foot-pad route of rabbit immunization (Ziemiecki and Wood, 1975) used to obtain the antiserum specific for BlCMV-l was an efficient procedure. The high yield of antibodies obtained for BCMV-S using the same route of immunization (Lima et al., unpublished) is additional evidence that a high titer antiserum can be obtained at the expense of very little ant igen

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    80 Reciprocal immunodiffusion tests with antisera specific for BICMV and BICMV-I (Fig. 12-A, -B) confirmed the findings of Hiebert et a1. (1971), Purcifull et a1. (1973), Batchelor (197'*), and McDonald and Hiebert (1975) that the inclusion body proteins are immunochemically distinct from viral coat protein and host proteins. The results of single radial immunodiffusion tests indicated that agar-media impregnated with mono-specific antiserum or with a mixture of antisera can be used for serodiagnos is of two morphologically distinct legume viruses. Single radial immunodiffusion tests were first used in plant virology by Shepard (1969) for serod iagnos i s of potato virus X in potato tuber sprouts. Subsequently the same method was successfully used to identify plant tissue infected with carlaviruses (Shepard, 1970; and Shepard et al. 1971) potyviruses (Uyemoto et al., 1972; and Casper, 197^*), a cucumovirus (Richter et al., 1975), a hordeivirus (Slack and Shepherd, 1975) and tobamovirus (Granett and Shalla, 1970; and Clifford, 1977). Rad ia 1 immunod i f fus ion plat es containing a mixture of antisera to two or three filamentous viruses have been used for detection of potato viruses X, S, and M (Shepard, 1972). This, however, appears to be the first report of a mu 1 t i p le-ant i sera medium for detection of both an isometric and a rod-shaped plant viruses. Shepard (1969) observed that single radial immunodiffusion was more sensitive than double immunodiffusion for detection of PVX in infected plant tissue, but Richter et al. (1975) obtained better results with double diffusion tests than with single diffusion for serological detection of CMV in naturally infected herbaceous plants. No attempts to compare these two serological techniques were made in the present study. Some observations, however, indicated that single radial

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    8] immunodiffusion requires fairly large amounts of antiserum and that the proper antiserum concentration needs to be previously determined for highest sensitivity and to avoid spurious reactions in SDS-agar media. Better results in mu 1 t i -ant i sera media were obtained when pyrrolidine was used as denaturant of virus coat protein. The three serologically related but distinct legume viruses, BICMV, BCMV-S, and CAMV can also be differentiated by some biological properties. The CAMV isolate was well adapted to cowpea infecting and causing symptoms in all 20 inoculated cowpea varieties. On the other hand, five cowpea varieties showed immunity to BICMV, and only two were infected with BCMV-S, which caused very mild symptoms (Table I). The different symptoma to 1 og i ca 1 reactions induced by CAMV and BICMV in some of the varieties (Table I) clearly indicate that they can be used to distinguish these two potyviruses. It was observed, however, that some of the symptoms induced by the viruses varied with temperature, light conditions, and age at which the plants were inoculated, but no variation was observed with the immunity of any cowpea variety. The cowpea varieties that showed immunity to BICMV (Table l) should be included in a cowpea breeding program or in a control program for this virus in the southeastern United States. Cowpea lines with resistance to other viruses have been selected in different parts of the world (Williams, 1977a; and Beier et al., 1977). Virus-resistant lines with resistance to other plant pathogens have also been identified (Williams, 1977a and 1977b). Attempts to compare BICMV with the East African type of CAMV were impossible because all samples of vi rusinfected leaf-tissue arrived in high degree of decomposition with the virus already inactivated.

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    82 Serological studies with such decomposed leaf tissue and BICMV antiserum gave results similar to those obtained with the CAMV isolate (Fig. 16-A) obtained originally from Morocco. As the inactivation of the vi rus in the decomposed tissue may have destroyed some of its antigenic determinants, no conclusive results about its serological relationship with BICMV can be derived from these tests. Light and electron microscopy of cowpea and other host cells infected with any one of these three legume potyvi ruses revealed that their cytoplasmic inclusions are morphologically similar. In ultrathin sections, their inclusions consisted of pinwheels similar to those induced by the potyviruses from Edwardson's subd i v i s i onI (Edwardson, 197^). The cytoplasmic inclusions induced either by BCMV-S or CAMV, however, failed to react with antiserum for BICMV induced inclusions. The low titer of the inclusion antiserum, however, may be one of the reasons for the absence of reactions. Despite the great similarity in the ul trastructures of pinwheel inclusions induced by BICMV and CAMV, they showed some difference at the light microscope level. Whereas BICMV induced big masses of cytoplasmic inclusions in 'Knuckle Purple Hull' (Fig. 17), only scattered small bundles of inclusions were observed in the cells of this host infected with CAMV. This is also an indication of no direct correlation between the severity of the symptoms and abundance of cytoplasmic inclusions induced by these potyviruses, since 'Knuckle Purple Hull' is more susceptible to CAMV than to BICMV (Table I). A similar phenomenon was observed with these two viruses in C. spect abi lis In addition to this, the nuclear inclusions readily observed in cells of C. spec tabi I is systemical ly

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    83 infected with BICMV (Christie and Edwardson, 1977) were not seen in leaf tissue of this host infected with CAMV. In summary, BlCMV is a potyvirus that belongs to Edwardson's subdivision-! (Edwaidson, \37^) and has a modal length of approximately 750 nni. The BICMV particles have a single sedimenting peak with s^q = 157 159 S and have a main protein component with a MW of 3^,000 daltons. Its cytoplasmic inclusions are made of tubes which show striations with periodicities of approximately 5 nm and consist of a single type of prott-in estimated to have a MW of 70,000 daltons. The virus also induces nuclear inclusions in certain hosts including C. spectab ills Blacktye cowpea mosaic virus is serologically unrelated to seven potyviruseb and serologically related to, but distinct from eight other potyviruses in SOSimmunod i f fus ion The virus has a narrow host range outside leguminosae, is seed-borne in at least two cowpea varieties and is transmitted by aphids in a nonpers i s ten t manner. Based (jn its physicdl, biological, cytological and immunochemical properties, BICMV cjn be differentiated from any other virus that infects cowpea. The antisera prepared for BICMV and its cytoplasmic inclusions were essential tools for the development of the serological techniques for detection of v i rusinfected seeds described in Chapter II.

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    CHAPTER I I IMMUNOCHEMICAL AND CYTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR DETECTION OF LEGUME VIRUSES IN INFECTED SEEDS Introduct ion The transmission of plant viruses through seed of infected host plants was first demonstrated by Reddick and Stewart (1919), who showed that bean common mosaic virus (BCMV) was transmitted by approximately SOI of seeds from infected P haseolus vulgaris. Since then, the phenomenon of seed transmission of plant viruses has received considerable attention and an appreciable number of viruses have been demonstrated to be seed-borne to some extent (Fulton, 1964; Bennett, 1966; Shepherd, 1972; and Phatak, 197^). Virus can be introduced into a crop at an early stage of plant development through infected seeds. Thus, the production of virus-free seeds, or seed lots with very low virus content may provide a very effective control of seed-borne plant viruses. Seed certification programs have been developed to test seed lots for the presence of viruses and to select virus-free seeds.. Barley stripe mosaic virus, which is responsible for a serious disease in Montana (Afanasiev, 1956), and lettuce mosaic virus(LMV), the causal agent of an important disease of lettuce (Grogan et al 1952), are good examples of virus diseases against which seed certification programs have been successful (Zink et al., 1956; Hamilton, 1965; Phatak, 197't; and Slack and Shepherd, I975). 84

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    85 Barley stripe mosaic virus has no l
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    86 The main purpose of the present investigation was to develop efficient and rapid serod iagnost ic techniques to assay legume seed lots for the presence of virus-infected seeds. Seeds of cowpea, V. ungu iculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' infected with BICMV were used as a model hostvirus combination. Immunochemical techniques for detection of BICMV, BCMV, and SoyMV in hypocotyls of germinated v i rusinfected seeds of V^. unguiculata P^. v ulgaris and G^. Max, respectively, are described in this chapter. Abstracts of portions of this research have already been published (Lima and Purcifull, 1977a, 1977b), Literature Review The phenomenon of seed transmission of plant viruses was first demonstrated by Reddick and Stewart (1919), who presented strong evidence of seed transmission of BCMV in Phaseolus vulgaris. Since then, a large body of information has been accumulated about the transmission of numerous plant viruses through the seeds of infected host plants (Fulton, 196^; Bennett, 1966; Shepherd, 1972; Baker, 1972; and Phatak, 197^). Among the 183 plant viruses described in the Commonwealth Mycological Institute up to September, 1977, (Doi et al., 1977), 51 viruses have been experimentally demonstrated to be seedborne to some extent. Several plant viruses are known to be seed-borne in many leguminous host plants, but this review will cover only those viruses transmitted through seeds of Vigna spp.. Glycine max. and Phaseol us vulgaris.

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    87 Seed-Borne Viruses in V igna spp. Gardner (1927) apparently was the first to report the transmission of a cowpea virus through seeds of cowpea. Since then, many viruses which naturally infect cowpea have been demonstrated to be seed-borne in this host. A virus isolated from cowpea in Trinidad was demonstrated to be transmitted through 8^ of seeds of asparagus-bean (V igna sesquipeda l is) obtained from vi rusinfected plants (Dale, 19^9). The virus is believed to be a representative strain of cowpea mosaic virus (Agrawal, ]SS^; and van Kammen, 1971, 1972). It seems that the seed transmissibility of CPMV is erratic and depends on the type of virus isolate and the cowpea variety involved. A cowpea mosaic virus isolated from cowpea grown in Arkansas was seed-borne in this host (Shepherd, 196^*). Approximately 620 'Blackeye' cowpea plants grown from seeds harvested from plants artificially inoculated with CPMV failed to develop mosaic symptoms (Perez and Cortes-Mon 1 1 or 1970). On the other hand, Haque and Persad (1975) observed that the rate of seed transmission of CPMV varied from zero to 5.8^ depending on the cowpea varieties and select ions Anderson (1957) reported the seed transmission of three cowpea viruses, including a strain of CMV, which was transmitted through 4 28% of cowpea seeds from artificially infected plants, A virus closely resembling a strain of CMV was seed-borne in cowpea with a transmission rate of 5 to 16^ (Chenulu et al., 1968). On the basis of symptoms observed on cowpea plants grown from commercial seeds, Gay and Winstead (1970) reported seed transmission of CMV, a cowpea

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    88 strain of southern bean mosaic virus and a virus referred to as a cowpea strain of bean yellow mosaic virus. A strain of CMV isolated from cowpeas in Morocco was transmitted through approximately 1^% of the seeds harvested from artificially inoculated cowpeas (Fischer and Lockhart, 1976b). The seed transmissibi 1 i ty of the cowpea strain of SBHV was first demonstrated by Shepherd and Fulton (1962). McLean (I9'l) observed that a cowpea virus was transmitted through approximately 5% of seeds of highly susceptible cowpeavar iet ies but slightly susceptible or somewhat resistant varieties produced lower percentages of v i rusinfected seeds. Snyder (19'*2) observed only 3 to k% transmission of a cowpea virus through commercial seeds and 37 to k\X transmission of the same virus through seeds obtained from virus-infected plants. Yu (19^6), however, found no difference in the percentages of v i rusinfected cowpea plants grown from seeds obtained from artificially or naturally infected plants. These three viruses were also transmitted by aphids (McLean, \^k\; Snyder, 19'<2; and Yu, I9'*6). Similar aphid-transmitted viruses reported from India were also demonstrated to be seed-borne (Nariani and Kandaswamy, 1961; and Verma, 1971). A rod-shaped virus isolated from cowpea in northern Italy was designated cowpea aphid-borne mosaic virus (CAMV) and studied by Lovisolo and Conti (1966) who demonstrated its seed transmissibil ity in cowpea. The t ransmi ss ib i I i ty of CAMV through seeds of cowpea has been confirmed by several studies involving different strains of the virus and varieties of the host (Kaiser et al., 1968; Tsuchizaki et a 1., 1970; Bock, 1973; Bock and Conti, 197^4; Phatak, 197^*; Khatri and Singh, 1974; and Fischer and Lockhart, 1976a).

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    89 The mosr important cowpea virus in the southeastern United States was first isolated in Florida by Anderson (1955a) who later designated it blackeye cowpea mosaic virus (BlCMV) (Anderson, 1955b) and demonstrated its seed transmissibil ity in cowpea (Anderson, 1957). The seed transmiss ibi 1 i ty of BlCMV was confirmed by subsequent studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Zettler and Evans (1972) found as much as 18;^. of B 1 CMVinfected seeds in lots of certified cowpea seeds, and Uyemoto ei ai. (1973) reported 28^ of seed transmission for this virus in cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull'. Cowpea mild mottle virus, a carlavirus isolated from cowpea in Ghana, was demon strafed to be transmitted through seeds of cowpea, bean, and soybean in variable but sometimes large proportions (Brunt and Kenten, 1973, 197'*). Cowpea banding mosaic virus, which was identified as a member of the cucumovirus group in India, was transmitted through high percentages of seeds from infected cowpea varieties (Sharma and Varma, 1975). A new isometric cowpea virus isolated from cowpea seeds from Iran and designated cowpea ringspot virus had a seed transmission rate of 15 to 20% in three cowpea cultivars (Phatak, 197^; and Phatak et al. 1976) Thus, among the four filamentous and the six isometric viruses known to naturally infect cowpea, only TMV (f i 1 amen tous) and cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (isometric) have not been demonstrated to be seed-borne in cowpea. Kuhn (196^b) found no evidence of seed transmission of cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (CCMV) in more than 2,100 seeds harvested from infected cowpea, and Gay (1969) observed no virus symptoms in 3,000 cowpea plants grown from seeds harvested

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    90 from CCMV-infected plants. According to Gay (I969), CCMV was not transmitted through seeds of cowpea because of virus inactivation during seed maturat ion Seed-Borne Viruses in Glycine max. Soybean mosaic virus (SoyMV) which is probably common wherever soybean is cultivated (Bos, 1972) was first demonstrated to be seedborne in soybean by Gardner and Kendrick (I92l). Subsequently, they observed that the virus could overwinter in the v i rusi nf ected seeds lying in the field (Kendrick and Gardner, 192^). Although Kendrick and Gardner (192^) hcd also observed that mottled seeds were produced by both healthy and v i rusinfected plants and that diseased seedlings were produced by mottled as well as clean seeds, the association of seedcoat mottling and virus infection has been reported (Koshimizu and lizuka, 1957; Ross, 1963, 1968, 1969; and Kennedy and Cooper, 1967). A mechanical selection of nonmottled soybean seeds has been suggested as a measure for controlling SoyMV in Brazil (Lima-Neto and Costa, 1976). However, Ross (1970) observed that SoyMV was equally transmitted through mottled and nonmottled seeds from virus-infected soybean plants, and concluded that the percentage of seed transmission for SoyMV in soybean could not be estimated from the amount of mottled seeds. Working with a Brazilian isolate of SoyMV, Porto and Hagedorn (1975) reported the production of mottled seeds by supposedly noninfected soybean cultivars and observed that SoyMV was not transmitted through seeds of v i rusinfected soybean cv, 'Bienville', which produced seeds with a high percentage of mottling. Bean pod mottle virus.

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    which is not seed-borne in soybean, also increased the percentage of mottled seeds (Ross, 1963). Ghanekar and Schwenk (197^) showed a rate of seed-transmission for tobacco streak virus varying from 2.6 to 30.6^ according to the soybean cul t i var Among the nine viruses known to infect and cause diseases in soybean in Japan, SoyMV, soybean stunt virus, soybean mild mosaic virus, peanut stunt virus, southern bean mosaic virus, and a strain of alfalfa mosaic virus were reported to be transmitted to some extent through seeds of soybean varieties (Koshimizu and lizuka, 1963; I izuka and Yunoki, 1974; Takahdshi et al., 197'*; lizuka, 197'; and Tamada, 1977). The transmission of nepoviruses through seeds of their host is well documented. Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV), a nepovirus (Fenner, 1976) responsible for a disease commonly called bud blight of soybean, was first reported to be transmitted through seeds of artificially inoculated soybean plants in 195^* (Desjardins et al., 195^). These results were confirmed by subsequent studies (Kahn, 1956; Owusu et al., 1968; Athow and Bancroft, 1959; and Demski and Harris, 197^)). Kahn (1956) also demonstrated the seed-t ransmi ss ib i I i ty of tomato ringspot virus in soybean and observed that soybean seeds from plants infected with either tobacco or tomato ringspot virus had a lower percentage of emergence than seeds from virus-free plants. Three other nepoviruses: arabis mosaic, raspberry ringspot and tomato black ring viruses were experimentally demonstrated to be transmitted through seeds of soybean plants artificially inoculated with these viruses (Lister, I960; and Lister and Murant, 1967).

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    92 Seed-Borne Viruses in Phaseol us vulgaris A large body of evidence (Bos, 1971) has confirmed the first demonstration of seed transmission of BCHV in P. vulgaris by Reddick and Stewart (1919). Burkholder and Muller (1926) reported that seeds from bean plants showing mosaic gave rise to 50% diseased plants. The virus remained viable within bean seeds for a period of at least 30 years (Pierce did Hungerford, 1929). Fajardo (1930) observed that both infected and noninfected bean seeds germinated with equal readiness and vigor, and concluded that the viability of the seeds was not directly affected by the presence of BCMV. Fajardo (1930) and others (Crowley, 1957, 1959; and Schippers, 1963) found that plants infected at early vegetative growth produced more virus-infected seeds than those infected at later stages. It has been demonstrated that BCMV is transmitted irregularly through seeds harvested from vi rusinfected plants. Fajardo (1930) observed that some of the seeds in a single pod from bean plants infected with BCMV were v i rusi nf ected and some were noninfected. By crossing vi rusinfected and healthy bean varieties. Nelson and Down (1933) provided evidence that BCMV was equally transmitted by ovule or pollen from infected parent plants. Similarly, Medina and Grogan (1961) obtained high percentage of seed transmission of BCMV through either the pollens or ovules of infected plants, but also observed that the pollens usually transmitted the virus to a largernumber of progeny plants than the ovules. Cross-pollination experiments performed by Schippers (1963) revealed that the embryo infection with BCMV and consequently the seed-transmission might originate from

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    93 an infected egg-cell or an infected pollen grain. Studies to determine the distribution of BCMV in developing reproductive tissues suggested that successful seed transmission was insured by the presence of infective virus within the embryo itself (Ekpo and Saettler, \S7k) A correlation between symptom severity and percentage of seed transmission of BCMV has been observed in different bean varieties (Smith and Hewitt, 1938). Medina and Grogan (I96I) suggested that the percentage of seed transmission of BCMV was greatly affected by the differences in varietal susceptibility of the beans. However, Zettler (1966) found similar percentages of seed transmission of BCMV in 5 different bean varieties. Using the bean cultivar VC1822 as an indicator host for BCMV, Provvidenti and Cobb (1975) demonstrated a rate of seed transmission from 7 to 22% for BCMV in tepary bean ( Phaseolus acutifol ius Gray var. latifol ius Freem.), and observed that the virus was carried in the embryo but not in the testa. Two BCMV isolates obtained from bean grown in the Netherlands were observed to be transmitted through approximately 20 to 80:^ of seeds harvested from infected bean plants (Drijfhout and Bos, 1977). A strain of CMV isolated from bean plants grown in Spain was also demonstrated to be seed-borne in one of twelve bean varieties studied by Bos and Maat (1974). As they tested only a few seeds from virusinfected plants of each bean variety, they suggested that a low percentage of seed transmission could possibly occur in other varieties. The transmissibi 1 i ty of SBMV through seeds of bean was first demonstrated by Zaumeyer and Harter {]3k3) Cheo (1955) found a very

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    9^ high content of SBMV in the embryos of immature seeds from virusinfected bean plants, but observed that the virus concentration dropped to a low level or disappeared as the seed matured and dehydrated. Cheo's finding was confirmed by Crowley (1959), who found that approximately 100^ embryo infection occurred when bean plants were inoculated with SBMV at any time prior to flowering, but no seed transmission of thib virus occurred when samples of mature dry seeds were sown. These findings were supported by the results of McDonald and Hamilton (1972), which confirmed that in mature bean seeds, infectious SBMV is confined to the seed coat. An ilarvirus was also reported to be seed-borne in bean. Tobacco streak virus, the causal agent of a severe disease outbreak of pinto bean in State of Colorado, U.S.A., in 19^7, was demonstrated to be transmitted by approximately 26% of seeds from plants grown from virus-infected seeds (Thomas and Graham, 1951). In summary, seed-transmission is an important factor in the perpetuation and dissemination of numerous viruses that cause diseases in cowpea, soybean, and bean. The following methods for detecting selected seedborne viruses in legumes may be useful in virus disease control programs and as research tools. Materials and Methods Source of Seed and Seed Germination Seeds of cowpea. V. unguiculata 'Knuckle Purple Hull' and 'Early Ramshorn', harvested from BlCMV-infected plants were used in the present tests. All seed lots showing B 1 CMVt ransmi ss ion were obtained either

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    95 in fields of 'Knuckle Purple Hull' cowpeas in Gainesville, Florida, or from Gilvan Pio Kibeiro, University of Georgia, Athens. As controls, virus-free 'Knuckle Purple Hull' seeds produced in Texas were obtained from a local commercial source. Seeds were surface sterilized in 0.5^ sodium hypochlorite for 10 min, rinsed thoroughly with sterile deionized water and placed in moistened paper towels to germinate. The towels were rolled up, placed upright in 30 ml beakers and the seeds were allowed to germinate for 3 to 5 days at 25 27 C in an incubator. Prepar at ion of Ant i gens for Serology Hypocotyls from germinated seeds, singly or in groups of 5 or 10 were tested in double or single radial immunodiffusion tests. If information about the percentage of infected seeds was wanted, I 2 mm thick di scs from individual hypocotyls were cut with a razor blade which was rinsed with 35Z ethanol and deionized water after cutting each hypocoty 1 These hypocoty] discs were tested individually in double or single immunodiffusion tests by embedding them directly into the agar. Groups of 5 or 10 hypocotyls were ground in water or 1.5^ SDS (l/l, w/v) with a mortar and pestle as described previously (Purcifull and Batchelor, 1977) and tested against BICMV and BICMV-I antisera in double and single radial diffusion. Single or bulked hypocotyls were checked by SSEM for the presence of BICMV particles. Double Immunodiffusion Tests Individual hypocotyls or groups of hypocotyls from germinated cowpea seeds were tested against BICMV antiserum in double diffusion

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    96 tests in agar medium containing 0.8?; Noble agar, 0.5% SDS, and 1.0^ NaN^ prepared either in deionized water or in 0.05 M TrIs-HCl buffer, pH 7.2. Eight to tv/elve discs of individual hypocotyls were embedded in the agar medium, to 5 mm away from each antiserum well. Undiluted antiserum for BICMV was routinely used in these tests, but dilutions of 1/2, I/'*, and 1/B of the antiserum with either normal serum or 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.2 were also tested against hypocotyl discs and extracts of hypocotyl tissue. As controls each hypocotyl was also tested against normal serum, and hypocotyls from noninfected seeds were also included in each test. Extracts from groups of hypocotyls were tested by double immunodiffusion against BlCMV antiserum. Hypocotyl extracts were pipetted into the antigen wells distributed in an hexagonal arrangement around the antiserum well. All plates were incubated in a moist chamber at 2h C for 2^ to ^8 hr. The sensitivity of double immunodiffusion for detection of BICMV in extracts of bulked hypocotyls of germinated 'Knuckle Purple Hull' seeds was tested by mixing l.O g of infected hypocotyl tissue with different amounts of noninfected hypocotyls. Single Radial Immunod if fusion Tests Discs and extracts of hypocotyls were tested by single radial immunodiffusion in medium containing 0.8^ Noble agar, 0.5^ SDS, ].0% NaN^ and 15^ antiserum for BICMV buffered with 0.05 M Tris-HCl, pH 7.2. Hypocotyl discs were embedded directly into the solidified agar medium with the aid of forceps and the plates were incubated in a moist chamber at 2k C for 2k to 72 hr. Precipitin reactions were detected by direct observation of the plates on a darkfield

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    97 light box or with a binocular microscope (6 to 15 x) in which the plates were illuminated from the bottom. Extracts of groups of 5 hypocotyls were placed into wells (3 nim in diameter) punched in the agar medium in a row arrangement. The wells were spaced 3 to ^ mm from each other as measured from the edges of the wells and as many as 230 germinated seeds could be tested in a 90 x 15 mm plastic petri dish. Precipitin rings around the wells charged with extracts from infected tissue could be detected anywhere between one to 2** hr. Serolog ical iy Specific Electron Microscop y Hypocotyl extracts prepared in 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.2, containing 0.15 M NaCI and 0.^ M sucrose were examined for the presence of BICMV by SSEM as described previously (Derrick and Brlansky, 1976). Copper grids with P.jrlodion film coated with carbon were treated with BICMV antiserum diluted to 1/1000 in 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 7.2. The grids were washed with 0.05 M Tris buffer and floated on drops of hypocotyl extracts tor 3 to i hr at room temperature. After washing with approximately 2 ml of the extracting buffer and then with approximately 1 ml of deionized water, the grids were positively stained with 1.0^ uranyl acetate in 50^ ethanol. The grids were washed again with 50^ ethanol, dried and examined in the Philips Model 200 electron microscope. The sensitivity of SSEM to detect the presence of BICMV particles in extracts from a mixture of hypocotyls was determined by diluting infected 'Knuckle Purple Hull' hypocotyl tissue with noninfected tissues up to a dilution of 1/50 (w/w) The different mixtures of infected and noninfected hypocotyl tissues were ground in

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    98 extracting buffer ()/l, w/v) with mortars and pestles and small drops from these extracts were used to treat the ant 1 serum-sens i t i zed grids. Double Immunodiffusion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinat ed Legume S eeds Double immunodiffusion tests using discs or extracts of hypocotyls, and SSEM using hypocotyl extracts were used to detect the presence of BCMV and SoyMV in germinated seeds. A seed lot of bean, P. vulgaris 'Black Turtle' containing BCMVinfected seeds was obtained from Dr. Rosario Provvidenti, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva. Infected seeds were detected by double immunodiffusion and SSEM using antiserum obtained for a severe strain of BCMV (BCMV-S) isolated from siratro> Macropt i 1 ium at ropurpureum in Florida (Lima et al.,1977). Extracts of these germinated bean seeds prepared in 0.05 M potassium phosphate buffer, pH 7.5, were also inoculated in a very sensitive local lesion bean line VC-1822 (Provvidenti and Cobb, 1975). Antiserum for SoyMV was also used to detect SoyMVinfected seeds of soybean, G lycine max. Serology and Microscopy of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BICMV and SoyMV in Hypocotyls of Germinated Seeds Germinated seeds of cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' infected with BICMV and germinated seeds of soybean 'Midwest' infected with SoyMV were serologically identified by double immunodiffusion tests using antiserum for BICMV and SoyMV, respectively, and hypocotyl discs as assay antigens. Hypocotyl extracts from the v i rusinfected 4-5-dayold seedlings were tested by SDS double immunodiffusion tests against BICMV and SoyMV inclusion antisera.

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    99 Cytoplasmic irn lusions were examined in epidermal strips of the hypocotyls of germinated cowpea seeds infected with BICMV, and of SoyMVinfected hypoi:otyls of germinated soybean seeds, after staining with a combination of calcomine orange and "luxol" brilliant green (Christie. 196?). Small pieces of B 1 CMVinfected and non infected cowpea hypocotyls were prepared for ultrathin sectioning as described previously in Chapter I. Similarly, healthy and SoyMVinfected soybean hypocotyls were prepared for ultrathin sectioning. Sections were cut with a diamond knife and stained with potassium permanganate, uranyl acetate, and lead citrate. All specimens were examined with a Philips Model 200 electron microscope. Resul ts Preparation of Antigens for Serological Tests Antigens prepared from hypocotyls of germinated seeds proved to be very satisfactory for indexing seeds in double and single immunodiffusion tests. Neither small discs nor extracts from hypocotyl tissues showed any kind of nonspecific reaction that could interfere with the virus-specific reaction in double or in single inmunod i f f us ion tests. On the other hand, extracts obtained from whole seedlings, including roots, cotyledons and primary leaves showed several types of precipitation patterns when tested against any serum in double diffusion tests (Fig. 19). Such nonspecific precipitations were also observed with extracts obtained from cotyledons, primary leaves or root tissues. These nonspecific reactions were reduced when the agar

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    Figure 19 Double immunodiffusion tests witli extracts from different portions of B] CMVinfected and healthy, ^J-S-day-old cowpea seedlings. A) medium containing 0.8^ Noble agar, 1.0^ NaNj, and 0.5% SDS prepared in deionized water. B) medium with tbe same composition except that it was prepared in 0.05 M Tris-HCI buffer, pH 7.2 instead of water. Center wells were charged with: (As) BICMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were filled with extracts from: (a) hypocotyl from Bl CMVinfected cowpea seedlings, (b) hypocotyl from healthy cowpea seedlings, (c) cotyledons and primary leaves of BICMVinfected seedlings, and (d) cotyledons and primary leaves of healthy cowpea. Note the nonspecific precipitate formed with cotyledons and primary leaves of virusinfected (c) and healthy (d) seedlings and normal serum (Ns) and BICMV antiserum (As). The virus-specific precipitin lines clearly shown with v i rusi nf ected hypocotyls (a) and the antiserum (As) was masked by the nonspecific precipitates when extracts from cotyledons and primary leaves (c) of infected seedlings were used.

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    102 medium was prepared in 0.05 M Tris buffer, pH 1.1 (Fig. 19-B). Based on these results a diagram showing several procedures for preparation of antigens from leijume seeds is suggested (Fig. 20). Double Immunodiffus i on Test s Blackeye cowpea mosaic virus was detected in hypocotyl extracts from bulked seedl inijs and in small discs of individual hypocotyls of cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' and 'Early Ramshorn' by double immunodiffusion tests in SDS-gel plates. Virus specific precipitin lines were observed with extracts of mixtures of B 1 CMVi nfected and noninfected cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' hypocotyls up to a dilution of 1/30 (w/w) respectively (Fig. 21-B). This indicated that germinated seeds can be divided into groups of up to 30 seedlings to be tested in double immunodiffusion. Approximately equal amounts of hypocotyl tissue (O.l ^.h g) were cut from each seedling and the extracts obtained from each hypocotyl group were deposited into individual antigen wells. Precipitin reactions were observed with those groups in which at least one seedling was infected with BICMV. On the other hand, no precipitin reactions were observed with extracts obtained from noninfected hypocotyl tissue, nor with any hypocotyl extract and normal serum (Figs. 19, 21 ) When information about the infection percentage was wanted, discs of individual hypocotyls were used in double immunodiffusion. Virusspecific precipitin lines formed between B 1 CMVi nfected hypocotyl discs and antiserum wells, whereas no reactions were observed with noninfected hypocotyls (Fig. 21-C, -D, -F). Good results were observed with undiluted antiserum and with antiserum diluted 1/2 and \lk with

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    Figure 20 Diagram showing methods for assaying legume seeds by single and double radial immunodiffusion: I) seeds are placed on moistened paper towels, 2) the towels are rolled up and placed upright in beakers, 3) germinated seeds after four to five days, individual seedlings are divided into three parts: roots (r) hypocotyl (hy) and epicotyl (ep) consisting of cotyledons .and primary leaves, 6) hypocotyl tissue is ground with mortar and pestle, 7) hypocotyl extracts are rested in double radial immunodiffusion (DRD) 8) hypocotyl extracts are also tested in single radial immunodiffusion (SRD) 9) small discs are cut from each hypocotyl, 10) discs from different hypocotyls are tested by DRD, and 11) discs from different hypocotyls are tested by SRD.

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    Figure 21 Double Immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl from healthy and Bl CMVinfected '-5-day-old cowpea seedlings in medium containing 0.8^ Noble agar, I Oi^ NaN and 0.5^ SDS, prepared in water. A B) Serological tests with hypocotyl extracts prepared in water. The center wells were charged with: (As) BlCMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were charged with extracts from: (1) BlCMVinfected hypocolyls, (H) healthy hypocotyls, (5) one gram of B 1 CMVi nf ec ted hypocotyl mixed with g of healthy hypocotyls, (lO) one gram of B 1 CMVinfected hypocotyl and 9 g of healthy hypocotyls, (15) one gram of infected hypocotyl and 14 g of healthy hypocotyls, (20) one gram of infected hypocotyl and 19 g of healthy hypocotyls, (25) one gram of infected hypocotyl and m 9 of healthy hypocotyls, and (30) one gram of infected hypocotyl and 29 g of healthy hypocol y 1 s C D) Serological tests with saml 1 discs of different hypocotyls embedded into the agar medium ^ S mm away from the antiserum well. Ten (c) or twelve (D) hypocotyl discs are embedded around the center wells and the hypocotyl discs are numbered from the top in a clockwise direction (arrows). Wells were charged with: (As) BlCMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. Note v i rus-ant i serum specific reactions with hypocotyls; 1, 2, 8, 11, ]k, l6, 18, 19 (C), and 6, 8, 9. 16, 20, and 23 (D) E F) Serological tests with hypocotyl extracts (E) and hypocotyl discs (F) from healthy and BICMVinfected cowpea seedlings. The center wells were charged with: (A) undiluted BlCMV antiserum, (A:2) BlCMV antiserum diluted 1/2 with normal serum, (A:'4) BlCMV antiserum diluted \/k with normal serum, and (A:8) BlCMV antiserum diluted 1/8 with normal serum. The peripheral wells were charged with extracts from: (5) one gram of B 1 CMVi nf ected hypocotyl s and k of healthy liypocotyls, (lO) one gram of BlCMV-infected hypocotyls and 9 g of healthy hypocotyls, and (H) healthy hypocotyls. Hypocotyl discs from healthy (h) and BlCMV-infected (i) seedlings were alternated around the antiserum wells in F.

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    107 normal serum (Fig. 21-F). The percentages of BICMVinfected seeds in four different lots of cowpea 'Knuckle Purple Hull' and one 'Early Ramshorn' seed lot were estimated by this simplified double immunodiffusion test and by the growing-on test (Table II). Over a hundred seedlings tested by this serological technique were randomly checked by SSEM for the presence of BlCMV particles and in all cases the resu corresponded Single Radial Immun od if fusion Tests The presence of BICMV in cowpea hypocotyl extracts was detected by single radial immunodiffusion tests in agar medium impregnated with BICMV antiserum. Precipitin rings were observed around the wells charged with extracts from groups of 5 individual hypocotyls in which at least one was infected with BICMV, but not around those wells charged with extracts of noninfected hypocotyls (Fig. 22). The virus-specific reactions started to appear at approximately one hour after the hypocotyl extracts had been added into the wells and became very clear and evident 3 to 23 hr later. The reactions were still very distinct 2^4 hr after the hypocotyl extracts had been added into the we 1 1 s When small discs of individual hypocotyls were directly embedded into the agar medium containing BICMV antiserum, the virus-specific reactions took longer to appear. These specific reactions were recognized as opalescent precipitates around infected hypocotyl discs that could be better detected under a binocular microscope. The opalescent precipitates which usually were located at the ends of the hypocotyl discs, started to appear in 2^ hr, but were more evident

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    Figure 22 Single radidl immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from healthy (H) and B 1 CMVinfected (I), i*-5-day-old cowpea seedlings in media containing 0.8% Noble agar, 1.0% NaN^, 0.5% SDS, and 15% BICMV antiserum (A, C) and 15% normal serum (B). The top row and the two bottom rows of wells in C were charged with extracts from healthy hypocotyls and the others were randomly filled with extracts from groups of 5 hypocotyls containing 1 or 2 B 1 CMVi nf ecied hypocotyl per group.

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    ) 1 1 at A8 to 72 hr after the test had been set up. Usually after 72 hr, a nonspecific precipitate also started to appear throughout the agar med i um. Serolog ica 1 1 ^ Specific Electron Microscopy The SSEM techn ique developed by Derrick and Brlansky (1976) was adapted with great success to identify seed lots of cowpea infected with BICMV (Fig. 23). Virus particles were still observed in extracts from hypocotyl tissue which was mixed 1/bO (w/w) with noninfected hypocotyls (Fig. 2^4-6) This indicates that to test several seed lots by SSEM for the presence of BlCMV, germinated seeds can be divided Into groups of up to 50 equal pieces of individual hypocotyls. Each group of hypocotyl -pieces is ground in the extracting buffer and a drop of the extract is then examined by SSEM using antiserum sensitized grids. Virus particles will be observed in extracts obtained from those hypocotyl groups in which at least one hypocotyl is infected with BICMV. To illustrate the sensitivity of SSEM for detection of virus particles in hypocotyl extracts, the same Bl CMV-infected hypocotyl was used for four different electron microscopic preparations: a) SSEM; b) normal dip preparation on a carbon coated Formvar film supported in copper grids and negatively stained with 2% PTA; c) preparation similar to SSEM using normal serum instead of B 1 CMV-an t i serum ; and d) preparation similar to SSEM using grids with Parlodion film coated with carbon but treated with 0.05 M Tris buffer instead of antiserum (Fig. 23). The results showed a great increase of virus concentration on the grids sensitized with BICMV antiserum when compared with the

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    Figure 23 Electron micrographs of BICMV in hypocotyl extracts from the same cowpea seedlings using different preparations. (a) serologically specific electron microscopy (SSEM) with BICMV antiserum diluted 1/1000 in 0.05 M Tris-HCl buffer, pH 7.2, and positively stained with uranyl acetate, (B) dip preparation with 1% phosphotungst ic acid pH 6.5, containing O.i;^ BSA, (C) preparation similar to SSEM using normal serum instead of Bl CMV-ant i serum, and (d) preparation similar to SSEM using Tris buffer instead of antiserum. The micrograph A represents a typical view of the entire grid whereas micrographs B, C, and D are selected areas of the grids showing virus part icles (arrows)

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    Figure 2k Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy vnth BICMV, BCMV-S, and CPMV. A) BICMV antiserum grid and extracts from a BICMVinfected cowpea hypocotyl ; B) BICMV antiserum grid and extracts from one gram of B I CMVinfected hypocotyl and ^3 g of healthy cowpea hypocotyls. Arrows point to virus particles; C) BCMV-S antiserum grid and leaf extract from BCMV-S infected bean; D) CPMV antiserum grid and leaf extract from CPMVinfected cowpea.

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    116 other grid preparations (Fiq. 23). As the antiserum sensitized grids were washed several times during their preparation, a great reduction in the amount of pliinr debris on the grids was observed. On the other hand, when grids not previously treated with the antiserum were washed, the virus particles were also removed (Fig. 23-C, -D) The SSEM seemed to be also adequate to assay seeds for polyhedral viruses since it was successfully used to observe CPMV particles in cowpea leaf extracts using grids treated with antiserum specific for CPMV (Fig, 2h-D). Double immunodiffus ion Tests and SSEM for Detection of Other Viruses in Germinat ed Legu me Seeds The double immunodiffusion tests and SSEM used to detect BICMV in germinated cowpea seeds were also useful for detecting BCMV in infected germinated bean seeds and SoyMV in hypocotyls of germinated soybean seeds infected with SoyMV. Both legume viruses were detected by double immunodiffusion tests using hypocotyl extracts from groups of 5 seedlings and small discs of individual hypocotyls as assay antigens (Fig. 25). The results obtained in the simplified double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl discs were confirmed by SSEM, which also proved to be a very good technique to assay bean and soybean seed lots for the presence of BCMV (Fig. 26-A) and SoyMV (Fig. 26-B) respectively. The results obtained from the inoculation of the hypersensitive bean line VC-1822 with extracts from germinated bean seeds were also in agreement with those obtained by the immunochemical tests for BCMV. The percentages of BCMVinfected bean 'Black Turtle' seed lot and of

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    Figure 25 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyls of ^-^-dayold bean and soybean seedlings using antiserum for BCMV-S and for SoyMV. A B) Serological tests with hypocotyl discs (A) and hypocotyl extracts (B) from healthy and BCMVBVI infected bean seedlings. The center wells were charged with: (As) BCMV-S antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were filled with extracts from: (i) BCMV-BV-1inft'Cted hypocotyls, and (H) healthy bean hypocotyls. The hypocotyl discs were embedded directly into the agar medium and numbered from the top in a clockwise direction (arrows). Note a vi rus-ant iserum specific reaction with hypocotyl "1" in A. C D) Serological tests with hypocotyl discs (C) and hypocotyl extracts (D) from healthy and SoyMVinfected soybean seedlings. The center wells were charged with: (As) SoyMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were filled with extracts from: (l) SoyMVinfected hypocotyls, (2) SoyMVinfected Nicotiana bentha miana leaves, (3) healthy N^. be nt ham i ana leaves, and (4) healthy soybean hypocotyls. Note a positive reaction with hypocotyl "l4" in C

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    f Figure 26 Electron micrographs of serologically specific electron microscopy with extracts from BCMVand SoyMVinfected hypocoty 1 s a) BCMV-S cjnt i serum-sens i t ized grid and extract from bean hypocoty 1 infected with BCMV-BV-l; B) SoyMV a(it iserum-sensitized grid and extract from SoyMVi iifec ted soybean hypocotyl

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    121 SoyMVinfected soybean 'Jupiter' seed lot were also estimated by the simplified double iivimunod i f f us ion test using hypocotyl discs (Table ll). Serology and Microsc o py of Cytoplasmic Inclusions Induced by BICMV and SoyMV in Hypocot yl s of Germinated Seeds Cytoplasmic inclusions induced by BICMV in cowpea and by SoyMV in soybean were detected by serology, light microscopy and electron microscopy in hypocotyls of A-5-day-old seedlings. In double immunodiffusion tests, specific precipitin lines were observed with the inclusion antisera and extracts of v i rusinfected hypocotyls but not with extracts from liealthy hypocotyls (Fig. 27). Light microscopic observations of epidermal strips of hypocotyls from BICMVinfected cowpea and SoyMVi nfected soybean seedlings readily revealed the presence of cytoplasmic inclusions (Figs. 28, 29). Groups of inclusion^) induced by BICMV and by SoyMV were abundant in cells of virus-infected hypocotyls (Figs. 28, 29), but were not observed in cells of noninfected hypocotyls. Pinwheels with scrolls were observed in ultrathin sections of hypocotyl tissues infected either with BICMV or SoyMV (Figs. 30, 31), A large number of longitudinal sections of pinwheel inclusions in hypocotyl tissues showed that they were abutted to the cell wall close to the p 1 asmodesmata (Fig. 31-C, -D) Similarly, tubes were observed in molybdate-treated extracts from hypocotyls infected with either virus.

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    Figure 27 Double immunodiffusion tests with hypocotyl extracts from ^-5-day-old seedlings of cowpea (A) and soybean (B) using antisera for BICMV, SoyMV and their cytoplasmic inclusions. A) Serological test for detecting BICMV cytoplasmic inclusions (BlCMV-l) in hypocotyls of ^-5-day-old cov\/pea st-.edlings grown from B 1 CMVinfected seeds. The center wells were charged with: (Is) BlCMV-l antiserum, (Vs) BICMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were charged with SDS-treaied extracts from: (l) Bl CMVinfected hypocotyls, and (H) healthy hypocotyls. B) Serological test for detection of SoyMV cytoplasmic inclusions (SoyMV-l) in hypocotyls of '4-5-day-old soybean seedlings grown from SoyMVinfected seeds. The center wells were charged with: (is) SoyMV-l antiserum, (Vs) SoyMV antiserum, and (Ns) normal serum. The peripheral wells were charged with SDS-treated extracts from: (1) SoyMVinfected hypocotyls, and (H) healthy soybean hypocotyls.

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    Figure 28 Photomicrographs showing different views (A, B, C, D) of cytoplasmic inclusions (arrows) induced by BlCMV in epidermal strips of cowpea hypocotyl tissue stained with a combination of calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green. (Cl) cytoplasmic inclusions, (CW) plant cell wall, and (Nu) nucleus.

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    Figure 29 Photoinicrogrdphs showing different views (A, B, C, D) of epidermal cells of hypocotyls from 4-5-day-old soybean seedlings containing cytoplasmic inclusions (arrows) induced by SoyMV. The hypocotyl epidermal strips were stained with a combination of calcomine orange and luxol brilliant green. (Cl) cytoplasmic inclusions, (CW) plant cell wall, and (Nu) nucleus.

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    Figure 30 Electron mictagraphs of ultrathin sections of cells from hypocotyls ot '4-5-day-ol d cowpea seedlings inft;cted with BICMV. Note cross-sections (A, B, C) and longitudinal sections (D) of pinwheel inclusions induced by BICMV. (CW) plant cell wall, (IS) intercellular space, (m) mitochondrion, and (pw) pinwheel inclusions.

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    Figure 31 Electron micrographs of ultrathin sections of hypocotyl cells of 'l-S-day-ol d soybean seedlings grown from SoyMVinfected seeds. Note cross-sections (A, B) of the pinwheels and longitudinal views of the inclusions abutted to the plant cell wall at the p 1 asmodesmata (C, D) (CW) plant cell wall, (pi) plasmodesma, and (pw) pinwheel i nc 1 us ions

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    132 D i scuss io n Seed-transmiss if)n of plant viruses is of agricultural importance because efficient virus transmission in space and time can be provided through seeds of inff^cted host plants. The international exchange of several legume seeds is probably partly responsible for the worldwide distribution of important virus diseases of legumes. The occurrence of SoyMV in soybean cind BCMV in bean in most countries where these crops have been tested for viruses (Bos, 1971, 1972) are good examples to illustrate this point. According to Phatak (197^), several legumes are propagated in association with their seed-borne viruses on a wide scale in certain subiropical and tropical regions that lack organized seed certification and breeding programs. Brunt and Kenten (1973) explained the prevalence of cowpea mild mottle virus in cowpea in Ghana by the high rate of seed transmission in cowpeas and by the traditional practice of sowing st:eds from crops previously grown in the same region. The control of virus diseases of legumes through the production of virus-free seeds or seed lots with very low percentage of infected seeds has been advocated frequently (Fajardo, 1930; Thomas and Graham, 1951; Zettler and Evans, 1972; Baker, 1972; Phatak, 197^; Sinclair and Shurtleff, 1975; and Williams, 1975). The increase in percentage of infected seeds produced in crops with low initial infection and the efficient secondary spread of certain viruses into the growing crop from a small amount of primary inoculum randomly located throughout the planting, emphasize the importance of maintaining a low tolerance level in seed certification programs.

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    133 Several techniqiies have been developed for diagnosing seed-borne viruses in routine seed healtti testifig laboratories. Phatak (197'*) grouped those techniques into dry examination (visual inspection of dry seeds), biologicjl tests (growing-on and infectivity tests), biochemical tests (color imetric, h i stochemica 1 and serological tests), and biophysical tests (electron microscopy). According to Phatak {]S7h) the highly specific serological tests are the best among the tests available to a;.say seed lots for the presence of v i rusinfected seeds. Several serological tests have been used for detecting virusinfected seeds (Scott, 196l; Hamilton, 1965; Phatak, \S7^; Slack and Shepherd, 1975; Lund^gaard, 1976; and Lister, 1977). However, the present investigation contains the first successful results with double immunodiffusion tests for detecting potyviruses in germinated seeds. The use of hypocotyl tissue of germinated legume seeds eliminated the problem of nonspecific reaction commonly observed with extracts from seeds per se or germinated seeds, including roots, cotyledons, and primary leaves in immunodiffusion tests (Fig. 19). Cockbain et al. (1976) reported that when embryos of Vi cia faba L. minor seeds were tested by double immunodiffusion, the agar became clouded, obscuring the virus-specific precipitation lines. The nonspecific precipitates that interfered with the virus-specific reactions (Fig. 19) may be related to the high concentration of haemagg lut in ins {lectins) reported to be present in legume seeds (Toms and Turner, 1965; Moreira and Perrone, 1977; and Fountain and Yang, 1977). It has been demonstrated that lectins bind specifically to mono and polysaccharides as

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    13^ well as to globulins of normal serum and to virus coat protein. Marshall and Nor ins (I965) showed that extracts of P. vulgaris seeds containing lectins precipitated a and 3 globulins of normal rabbit serum. Gumpf and Shannon (1977) demonstrated that a barley lectin interacted with purified BSMV i n^ v i n;o and formed insoluble aggregates that greatly reduced the virus inPectivity. Phatak (197^) assumed that the high content of lectin in soybean seeds was responsible for the unsatisfactory results of the passive haemagg I ut i na t ion test with SoyMV in seed extracts. Thus, the absence of nonspecific reactions with extracts of hypocotyl tissue in contrast to the nonspecific precipitates observed with extracts of rooi or cotyledons and primary leaves (Fig. 19) of A-5-day-old legume s.-edlings may be an indication that a very low content of lectin is present in the hypocotyl. In support of the use of germinated seed for serology, instead of seed £er se, is the fact that if any seed certification program or seed producers will assay for the presence of v i rusinfected seeds, they will also test some other seed properties such as percentage of seed germination. Consequently, the germinated seeds could be used in a concomitant serological indexing program. The sensitivity of the double immunodiffusion test indicates that germinated seeds can be divided into groups of 5 to 30 seedlings and precipitin reactions will be observed with those groups containing at least one infected seedling (Fig. 21). Immunochemical tests with hfgher sensitivity have been also used for indexing v i rusinfected seeds. The extremely sensitive enzymeI i nked innunosorbent assay (ELISA) (Voller et aL, 1976; and Clark and Adams, 1977) was used to

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    135 detect TRSV and SoyMV in individual soybean seeds (Lister, 1977). The high sensitivity of SSEM for detection of particles of BICMV, BCMV, and SoyMV in infected hypocotyl extracts as well as of other seed-borne viruses in seed extracts (Brlansl
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    136 infected with alfalfa mosaic virus could be detected only U days after germination and symptom expression was not reliable enough for the estimation of percentage of v i rusi nf ected seeds. Phatak et al. (1976) used the ind icatorinocu lat ion test in association with the growing-on test to estimate the percentage of cowpea seeds infected with cowpea ringspot virus because infected seedlings were either symptomless or the symptoms were very mild. In assessing the proportion of V. faba i^inor seeds infected with broad bean stain virus, Cockbain et al. (1976) found that under high temperature the symptoms were often mild and evanescent, and v i rusinfected seedlings remained without obvious symptoms for more thjn 6 weeks. Thus, the quantitative estimation of vi rusinfected seeds of leguminous crops by the growing-on test may often be difficult due to symptomless infections. On the other hand, the reliability and :.implicity of the hypocotyl -disc-double immunodiffusion test make it highly suitable for commercial certification programs. Observations during the course of this research indicated that a trained person can set up approximately 50-60 hypocotyl discs per hour in an agar plate to be tested by this technique. This simplified double immunodiffusion technique does not require tissue grinding, antigen wells, and chemical treatment of the antigen prior to incorporation into the agar matrix. The single radial immunodiffusion test also proved to be satisfactory for detection of BICMV in cowpea hypocotyls. These results provide another option for a routine seed health testing program. Single radial immunodiffusion in mu I t ipl e-ant i sera media could be used for indexing legume seeds for more than one virus. As shown in the

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    first part of this research, an agar medium impregnated with a mixture of antisera was used for serod iagnos i s of two morphologically distinct viruses in cowpea (F i
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    BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Jose Albersio rie Araujo Lima was bopn July 12, 19^*0, in Santana do Caiiri, Ceara, Brazil. He graduated from high schcjol in December, 1959, at the Colegio Estadual do Ceara in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. He joined the Army in December, 1958, and was honorably dismissed as an Army Reserve Officer in December, I960. He attended the Universidade Federal do Ceara, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy, along with a diploma of Agronomic Engineering, in December, 1966. In March, 1967, he was hired as an Auxiliary Professor of Plant Pathology by the Universidade Federal do Ceara, and in 1973, he was promoted to Assistant Professor, a position that he has held up to the present time. He started a graduate program in Plant Pathology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in September. 1970, and received his Master of Science degree in 1972. In September, 197'*, he entered the University of Florid^, rereiving the Doctor of Philosophy degree in March, 1978. He is the author or co-author of approximately ten publications of researches in Phuit Pathology. J, Albersio A. Lima is married to the former Diana MarTa de Gurgel Caracas, and he is the father of a son, Roberto. He is a member of the American Phytopatho I og i ca 1 Society, the Brazilian Phytopathological Society, the Association of Agronomic Engineering from Ceara, the Association of University Professors from Ceara, and the Latinoamerican Association of Plant Pathology. 15^

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    I certify that I have read this study and that in my opinion it conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Dan E. Pure i fu 1 1 Cha i rman Professor of Plant Pathology i certify that I have read this study and that in my opinion it conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. RaghaTi^an Charudattan Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology i certify that 1 have read this study and that in my opinion, it conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Jfifhn R. Edward son 'rofessor of Agronomy I certify that I have read this study and that in my opinion it conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Ernest Hiebert ~ Associate Professor of Plant Pathology

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    I certify that I have read this study and that in my opinion it conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Daniel A. Roberts Professor of Plant Pathology I certify that I have read this study and that in my opinion conforms to acceptable standards of scholarly presentation and is fully adequate, in scope and quality, as a 44'S5jej-tat ion for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, It Francis W. Zettler Professor of Plant Pathology This dissertation was submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the College of Agriculture and to the Graduate Council, and was accepted as partia fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy March 1978 Dean, College of Agr^i culture Dean, Graduate School