search for


Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl China Virus Impairs Photosynthesis in the Infected Nicotiana benthamiana with βC1 as an Aggravating Factor
Plant Pathol. J. 2019;35:521-529
Published online October 1, 2019
© 2019 The Korean Society of Plant Pathology.

Tahir Farooq1, Dandan Liu1, Xueping Zhou1,2, and Qiuying Yang1,3*

1State Key Laboratory for Plant Disease and Insect Pest, Institute of Plant Protection, China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100193, China
2State Key Laboratory for Rice Biology, Institute of Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
3State Key Laboratory of Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering, College of Life Sciences, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China
Correspondence to: Phone) +86-27-88661571, FAX) +86-27-88661571

Handling Editor : Ju, Ho-Jong
Received April 27, 2019; Revised June 29, 2019; Accepted July 18, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus is a species of the widespread geminiviruses. The infection of Nicotiana benthamiana by Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus (TYLCCNV) causes a reduction in photosynthetic activity, which is part of the viral symptoms. βC1 is a viral factor encoded by the betasatellite DNA (DNAβ) accompanying TYLCCNV. It is a major viral pathogenicity factor of TYLCCNV. To elucidate the effect of βC1 on plants' photosynthesis, we measured the relative chlorophyll (Chl) content and Chl fluorescence in TYLCCNV-infected and βC1 transgenic N. benthamiana plants. The results showed that Chl content is reduced in TYLCCNV A–infected, TYLCCNV A plus DNAβ (TYLCCNV A + β)–infected and βC1 transgenic plants. Further, changes in Chl fluorescence parameters, such as electron transport rate, Fv/Fm, NPQ, and qP, revealed that photosynthetic efficiency is compromised in the aforementioned N. benthamiana plants. The presense of βC1 aggravated the decrease of Chl content and photosynthetic efficiency during viral infection. Additionally, the real-time quantitative PCR analysis of oxygen evolving complex genes in photosystem II, such as PsbO, PsbP, PsbQ, and PsbR, showed a significant reduction of the relative expression of these genes at the late stage of TYLCCNV A + β infection and at the vegetative stage of βC1 transgenic N. benthamiana plants. In summary, this study revealed the pathogenicity of TYLCCNV in photosynthesis and disclosed the effect of βC1 in exacerbating the damage in photosynthesis efficiency by TYLCCNV infection.
Keywords : βC1, betasatellite, Chl content, Chl fluorescence photosynthesis, Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus (TYLCCNV)

October 2019, 35 (5)
  • DOAJ