Biomarker discovery from the top down: Protein biomarkers for efficient virus transmission by insects (Homoptera: Aphididae) discovered by coupling genetics and 2-D DIGE. Academic Article uri icon


  • Yellow dwarf viruses cause the most economically important virus diseases of cereal crops worldwide and are vectored by aphids. The identification of vector proteins mediating virus transmission is critical to develop sustainable virus management practices and to understand viral strategies for circulative movement in all insect vectors. Previously, we applied 2-D DIGE to an aphid filial generation 2 population to identify proteins correlated with the transmission phenotype that were stably inherited and expressed in the absence of the virus. In the present study, we examined the expression of the DIGE candidates in previously unstudied, field-collected aphid populations. We hypothesized that the expression of proteins involved in virus transmission could be clinically validated in unrelated, virus transmission-competent, field-collected aphid populations. All putative biomarkers were expressed in the field-collected biotypes, and the expression of nine of these aligned with the virus transmission-competent phenotype. The strong conservation of the expression of the biomarkers in multiple field-collected populations facilitates new and testable hypotheses concerning the genetics and biochemistry of virus transmission. Integration of these biomarkers into current aphid-scouting methodologies will enable rational strategies for vector control aimed at judicious use and development of precision pest control methods that reduce plant virus infection.

published proceedings

  • Proteomics

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Cilia, M., Howe, K., Fish, T., Smith, D., Mahoney, J., Tamborindeguy, C., ... Gray, S.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Cilia, Michelle||Howe, Kevin||Fish, Tara||Smith, Dawn||Mahoney, Jaclyn||Tamborindeguy, Cecilia||Burd, John||Thannhauser, Theodore W||Gray, Stewart

publication date

  • June 2011