Microarray analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to single and mixed infections with Cucumber mosaic virus and turnip viruses

Aminallah Tahmasebi*, Bahman Khahani, Elahe Tavakol, Alireza Afsharifar, Muhammad Shafiq Shahid

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Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV), Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) and Turnip crinkle virus (TCV) are important plant infecting viruses. In the present study, whole transcriptome alteration of Arabidopsis thaliana in response to CMV, TuMV and TCV, individual as well as mixed infections of CMV and TuMV/CMV and TCV were investigated using microarray data. In response to CMV, TuMV and TCV infections, a total of 2517, 3985 and 277 specific differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were up-regulated, while 2615, 3620 and 243 specific DEGs were down-regulated, respectively. The number of 1222 and 30 common DEGs were up-regulated during CMV and TuMV as well as CMV and TCV infections, while 914 and 24 common DEGs were respectively down-regulated. Genes encoding immune response mediators, signal transducer activity, signaling and stress response functions were among the most significantly upregulated genes during CMV and TuMV or CMV and TCV mixed infections. The NAC, C3H, C2H2, WRKY and bZIP were the most commonly presented transcription factor (TF) families in CMV and TuMV infection, while AP2-EREBP and C3H were the TF families involved in CMV and TCV infections. Moreover, analysis of miRNAs during CMV and TuMV and CMV and TCV infections have demonstrated the role of miRNAs in the down regulation of host genes in response to viral infections. These results identified the commonly expressed virus-responsive genes and pathways during plant–virus interaction which might develop novel antiviral strategies for improving plant resistance to mixed viral infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-27
Number of pages17
JournalPhysiology and Molecular Biology of Plants
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Defense responses
  • Differentially expressed genes
  • Microarray
  • Virus infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science


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