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Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Plant Pathology and Microbiology / Dr. W. Allen Miller

Dr. W. Allen Miller

  Dr. W. Allen Miller
Professor

413 Bessey Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-2436

 
Lab homepage
  http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/millerlab/
 
Educational Background
 

Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin

B.A. Biology, Carleton College

 
Courses Taught
 

MICRO 408/508: Virology

 
Research Areas
 

Positive sense RNA viruses of plants and insects, RNA structure and function, Translation mechanisms

 
Publications
 

Krueger EN, Beckett RJ, Gray SM, Miller WA (2013) The complete nucleotide sequence of the genome of Barley yellow dwarf virus-RMV reveals it to be a new Polerovirus distantly related to other yellow dwarf viruses. Frontiers in Microbiology 4, 205. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00205

Simon AE, Miller WA (2013) 3’ cap-independent translation enhancers of plant viruses.  Annu Rev Microbiol 67 21-42.

Miller WA, Whitham SA (2013)  Plant Viruses. In Fields Virology Sixth Edition (DM Knipe, PM Howley eds.)  Lippincott, William & Wilkins, Philadelphia. pp. 2289-2325.

Kraft JJ, Treder K, Peterson MS, Miller WA (2013) Cation-dependent folding of 3' cap-independent translation elements facilitates interaction of a 17-nucleotide conserved sequence with eIF4G. Nucleic Acids Res 41, 3398-3413.  doi:10.1093/nar/gkt026

Vijayapalani P, Maeshima M, Nagasaki-Takekuchi N, Miller WA (2012) Interaction of the trans-frame potyvirus protein P3N-PIPO with host protein PCaP1 facilitates potyvirus movement.  
PLoS Pathogens 8: e1002639. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002639

Fan Q, Treder K, Miller WA (2012) Untranslated regions of diverse plant viral RNAs vary greatly in translation enhancement efficiency.  BMC Biotechnology 12, 22.  doi:10.1186/1472-6750-12-22

Wang Z, Parisien M, Scheets K, Miller WA (2011) The cap-binding translation initiation factor, eIF4E, binds a pseudoknot in a viral cap-independent translation element.  Structure 19, 868-880. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2011.03.013

Kraft JJ, Hoy J, Miller WA (2011) Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the Barley yellow dwarf virus cap-independent translation element Acta Crystallographica section F F67, 561-564.   doi: 10.1107/S1744309111007196.

Wang Z, Kraft JJ, Hui A, Miller WA (2010) Structural plasticity of Barley yellow dwarf virus-like cap-independent translation elements in four genera of plant viral RNAs. Virology 402, 177-186.

Liu S, Sivakumar S, Sparks WO, Miller WA, Bonning BC (2010) A peptide that binds the pea aphid gut impedes entry of Pea enation mosaic virus into the aphid hemocoel. Virology 401, 107-116.

Bonning BC, Miller WA (2010) Dicistroviruses. Annu Rev Entomol 55, 129-150.

Miller WA, Giedroc DP (2010) Ribosomal frameshifting in decoding plant viral RNAs. In Recoding: Expansion of Decoding Rules Enriches Gene Expression (Nucleic Acids and Molecular Biology vol. 24) (J Atkins, R Gesteland eds.) Springer, New York. pp. 193-220.

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Can we make Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybeans more Predictable?

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