Overlapping fragments of the gene encoding glycoprotein gI of pseudorabies virus (PRV; herpesvirus suis 1) were expressed in bacteria. Using the fusion proteins and a panel of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against gI as well as swine sera we found that the N-terminal part of gI (residues 33 to approximately 100) contains a highly antigenic and immunogenic domain. Transfer of antibodies binding to this region as well as vaccination with fusion proteins containing the N terminus of gI are able to confer protection to mice against a lethal challenge of virus. The results show that gI, which is non-essential for virus replication in tissue culture, can induce neutralizing and protective antibodies. The potential suitability of fusion proteins encompassing N-terminal parts of gI as diagnostic tools is demonstrated.


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