1887

Abstract

Summary

Persistently infected cultures have been established from Vero cells surviving primary infection with Tacaribe virus (Vero-T). The growth rate and morphological characteristics of the persistently infected cells were indistinguishable from normal Vero cells. Virus release declined during the first 6 passages, a cyclical pattern was observed between passages 6 and 16, and subsequently no virus infectivity could be detected. Co-cultivation with normal RK-13 or Vero cells enhanced virus yield from virus-producing cultures of Vero-T cells (passage 15), but the addition of susceptible cells had no effect on non-producer Vero-T cultures (passage 19). Only a small proportion (<1%) of the persistently infected cells tested during the first 16 passages produced infectious virus. The virus released during the early stages of persistence was temperature-sensitive if grown at 40 °C, more thermolabile at 50 °C than parental virus, and unable to initiate a persistent infection in Vero cells. Vero-T cells consistently showed refractoriness to homotypic Tacaribe virus superinfection and a selective graded resistance to other arenavirus replication. The possible use of viral susceptibility of persistently infected cultures as marker of antigenic relationship among Tacaribe complex viruses is considered.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journal/jgv/10.1099/0022-1317-56-1-41
1981-09-01
2019-11-19
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journal/jgv/10.1099/0022-1317-56-1-41
Loading

Most Cited This Month

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error