Dr. Kay Scheets, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mailing Address: Oklahoma State University
Dept. of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution
301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078-3013, USA
Telephone: +1 (405) 744 5559

I study RNA viruses that infect cereals, with particular interest in viruses in the family Tombusviridae. By introducing mutations into an infectious cDNA clones of Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV)and Maize necrotic streak virus (MNeSV), my laboratory studies the effects of these mutations on the virus life cycle. Additionally, I am studying the mechanism these and related viruses use to translate their mRNAs in a cap-independent manner. I am also interested in developing viral vectors for use in cereal crops.

Another interest is using RNA structure/function analyses andcomparisons as an aid in elucidating the evolutionary relationships among RNA viruses. This work is in conjunction with the Plant Virus Biodiversity and Ecology project.

I occasionally give guest lectures in Plant Virology (PLP 5013) and Virology (MICR 4123). I have also taught Pathogenic Microbiology (MICR 3134), Cellular and Molecular Biology (CLML 3014), and the molecular genetics half of General Genetics (BIOL 3024).

Recent Publications

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES (for a complete list see here)

Scheets, K. (2016) Analysis of gene functions in maize chlorotic mottle virus. Virus Research 222, 71-79

Scheets, K., Jordan, R., White, K. A., and Hernandez, C. (2015) Pelarspovirus, a proposed new genus in the family Tombusviridae. Archives of Virology 160, 2385-2893 [pdf]

Scheets, K. (2013) Infectious transcripts of an asymptomatic panicovirus identified from a metagenomic survey. Virus Research 176, 161-168 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2013.06.001

Wangai, A. W., Redinbaugh, M. G., Kinyua, Z. M., Miano, D. W., Leley, P. K., Kasina, M., Mahuku, G., Scheets, K., and Jeffers, D. (2012) First report of maize chlorotic mottle virus and maize lethal necrosis in Kenya. Plant Disease 96, 1582-1582 [pdf]

Wang, Z., Parisien, M., Scheets, K., and Miller, W. A. (2011) The cap-binding translation initiation factor, eIF4E, binds a pseudoknot in a viral cap-independent translation element. Structure 19, 868-880 [pdf]

Scheets, K., Blinkova, O., Melcher, U., Palmer, M. W., Wiley, G. B., Ding, T., and Roe, B. A. (2011) Detection of members of the Tombusviridae in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA. Virus Research 160, 256-263 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2011.06.023

Wren, J. D., Roossinck, M. J., Nelson, R. S., Scheets, K., Palmer, M. W., and Melcher, U. (2006) Plant virus biodiversity and ecology. PLOS Biology 4, e80 [pdf]

Scheets, K., and Redinbaugh, M. G. (2006) Infectious cDNA transcripts of maize necrotic streak virus: infectivity and translational characteristics. Virology 350, 171-183 [pdf]

Della Vedova, C. B., Lorbiecke, R., Kirsch, H., Schulte, M. B., Scheets, K., Borchert, L. M., Scheffler, B. E., Wienand, U., Cone, K. C., and Birchler, J. A. (2005) The dominant inhibitory chalcone synthase allele C2-Idf (Inhibitor diffuse) from Zea mays (L.) acts via an endogenous RNA silencing mechanism. Genetics 170, 1989-2002 [pdf]


Scheets, K., Jordan, R., White, A. and Hernandez, C., (2015) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2014.006b-fP.A..v3.Pelarspovirus. In the family Tombusviridae assign 5 previously unassigned species to a new genus, Pelarspovirus.

Scheets, K., White, K. A., Rubino, L., Martelli, G., and Rochon, D. A. (2015) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2015.007a-rP.A.v1.split_Carmovirus. Divide the genus Carmovirus (family Tombusviridae) into three new genera: Alphacarmovirus, Betacarmovirus, and Gammacarmovirus. https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/ictv_official_taxonomy_updates_since_the_8th_report/m/plant-official/5841

Rochon, D. A., Scheets, K., White, A., Martelli, G., and Rubino, L. (2014) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2013.010a,bP.A.v2.Umbravirus_move. Move the genus Umbravirus into family Tombusviridae. https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/ictv_official_taxonomy_updates_since_the_8th_report/m/plant-official/5124

Scheets, K. (2014) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2014.007aP.A.v1.Panicovirus_sp. Create 1 new species in the genus Panicovirus, family Tombusviridae. https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/ictv_official_taxonomy_updates_since_the_8th_report/m/plant-official/5201

Scheets, K., Hernandez, C., Jordan, R., and White, A. (2014) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2014.006aP.A.v2.Tombusviridae_4sp. Create 4 new species unassigned in the family Tombusviridae. https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/ictv_official_taxonomy_updates_since_the_8th_report/m/plant-official/5209

Scheets, K., and Melcher, U. (2014) ICTV taxonomic proposal 2014.008aP.A.v3.Tombusviridae_sp. Create 1 new species unassigned in the family Tombusviridae. https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/ictv_official_taxonomy_updates_since_the_8th_report/m/plant-official/5134