Non-enveloped, T=3 icosahedral particles of 25-30 nm diameter, with 180 copies of the capsid protein (CP).
Monopartite, linear, ssRNA(+) genome. The genomic RNAs is not capped in 5', not polyadenylated in 3'.
Genomic RNAs serve as messenger RNA. Translation is initiated by an internal ribosome entry site (IRES) at the 5’end. Subgenomic RNAs may be synthesized during replication. A ribosomal frameshifting induces the translation of the RNA-dependent-RNA polymerase.
- Virus penetrates into the host cell.
- Uncoating, and release of the viral genomic RNA into the cytoplasm.
- The viral RNA is translated to produce the two proteins necessary for RNA synthesis (replication and transcription).
- Replication takes place in cytoplasmic viral factories. A dsRNA genome is synthesized from the genomic ssRNA(+).
- The dsRNA genome is transcribed/replicated thereby providing viral mRNAs/new ssRNA(+) genomes.
- Expression of the subgenomic RNAs (sgRNAs).
- In case of Luteoviridae co-infection, the viral genome can be encapsidated by helper virus capsid proteins. If Luteoviridae helper virus is absent, the viral genome forms filamentous ribonucleoproteins thanks to the interaction between ORF3 protein and fibrillarin.
- Viral movement protein probably mediates virion cell-to-cell transfer. Ribonucleoproteins perform long-distance movement leading to systemic infection.