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Expression of rotavirus VP2 produces empty corelike particles.

The complete VP2 gene of bovine rotavirus strain RF has been inserted into the baculovirus transfer vector pVL941 under the control of the polyhedrin promoter. Cotransfection of Spodoptera frugiperda 9 cells with wild-type baculovirus DNA and transfer vector DNA led to the formation of recombinant baculoviruses which contain bovine rotavirus gene 2. Infection of S. frugiperda cells with this recombinant virus resulted in the production of a protein similar in size and antigenic properties to the authentic rotavirus VP2. The protein binds double-stranded RNA and DNA in an overlay protein blot assay. Expressed VP2 assembles in the cytoplasm of infected cells in corelike particles 45 nm in diameter. These corelike particles were purified by sucrose gradient centrifugation and found to be devoid of nucleic acid. Coexpression of VP2 and VP6 from heterologous rotavirus strains (bovine and simian) resulted in the formation of single-shelled particles. These results definitively show the existence of an innermost protein shell in rotavirus which is formed independently of other rotavirus proteins. These results have implications for schemes of rotavirus morphogenesis.[1]


  1. Expression of rotavirus VP2 produces empty corelike particles. Labbé, M., Charpilienne, A., Crawford, S.E., Estes, M.K., Cohen, J. J. Virol. (1991) [Pubmed]
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