Development of experimental systems for studying the biology of Nudaurelia capensis ß virus
To further investigate this, cDNA corresponding to the 3` end of the replicase gene as well as the entire capsid gene of NbV was synthesized and sequenced. Alignments of the cDNA sequence showed a 99.46 % identity to the published sequence of NbV. Two amino acid substitutions were observed in the capsid coding sequence, one of which was a conservative substitution. Both of these substitutions were found in the b-sandwich domain of the capsid protein. Inspection of the capsid coding sequence showed a second methionine (Met50) at the VCAP amino terminus raising the possibility that p56 might arise from a translation product starting at this site. To investigate this, a full length and truncated capsid coding sequence starting at Met50, were expressed in a baculovirus expression system. VLPs were examined by TEM and Western analysis showed the presence of virus like particles with NßV morphology, but smaller in diameter than the wild-type with an average of 33.33 nm, similar to the smaller particles observed in the virus preparations of NßV. This result supported the hypothesis that NßV translates a smaller coat protein from the second in-frame methionine residue.
School Location:South Africa
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:biochemistry microbiology biotechnology
Date of Publication:01/01/2005