AuthorBaldridge, Gerald Don.
Amino acid sequence
AdvisorHewlett, Martinez J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractRibonuclease T1 oligonucleotide fingerprint (ONF) analysis was used to study genomic stability of La Crosse virus (Bunyaviridae) during vertical and horizontal transmission in the laboratory. No RNA genomic changes were detected in vertebrate cell culture-propagated virus isolated (following oral ingestion and replication) from the natural mosquito host, Aedes triseriatus. Genomic changes were not detected during transovarial passage of virus through two generations of mosquitoes or in virus isolated from suckling mice infected by transovarially infected mosquitoes. These results demonstrate that the La Crosse virus genome can remain relatively stable during transovarial transmission (TOT) in the insect host and during transfer between insect and vertebrate hosts. ONF analysis was used to demonstrate TOT of reassortant California serogroup bunyaviruses in Aedes treiseriatus. Mosquitoes were simultaneously inoculated with temperature sensitive mutants of La Crosse and Snowshoe hare viruses able to replicate at 33°C but not at 40°C. Putative reassortants, selected by replication at 40°C, were isolated from progeny mosquitoes and mice infected by these mosquitoes. ONF analysis confirmed that they were reassortants. Approximately 75% of the M segment and 25% of the L segment nucleotide sequences of Inkoo virus (Bunyaviridae) were determined by Sanger dideoxynucleotide sequencing of cDNA clones. Comparison of the M segment nucleotide and deduced amino acid sequences with those of four other bunyaviruses, representing two serogroups, revealed greater conservation of nucleotide than of amino acid sequence between serogroups. Areas of the sequences representing nonstructural protein(s) were less conserved than glycoprotein regions. The L segment nucleotide sequence begins with the known 3' end of the viral L segment and contains an open reading frame encoding the amino terminal 505 amino acids of the viral L protein. The amino acid sequence contains the glycine-aspartate-aspartate motif which is conserved in many RNA-dependent RNA polymerases. Comparison of the L segment sequences with those in the GEN Bank Data Base revealed no significant similarities with any other sequence.
Degree ProgramMolecular and Cellular Biology