Glycoprotein J (gJ) of infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) represents a major viral antigen and is dispensable for replication in cell culture and chickens. We generated gJ deletion mutants derived from the United States Department of Agriculture standard challenge strain (USDA-ch), a GFP-expressing mutant GΔgJ, a gJ deletion mutant void of any foreign DNA insertion (BΔgJ) and a gJ rescue mutant gJR with US5 restored. GΔgJ, BΔgJ and gJR were characterized in cell culture and embryonated eggs. Entry kinetic assays showed that the gJ deletion mutants did not differ in their entry kinetics from gJR. Replication kinetics strongly indicated that gJ plays an important role during egress of the virus. Differences in the abilities of the mutants to replicate in chorioallantoic membranes of chicken embryos and to release infectious virus into the allantoic fluid supported a function of gJ during the egress of ILTV from infected cells.


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vol. , part 11, pp. 2586 - 2589

Oligonucleotides used for the different approaches

Map of ILTV genome

Expression of gJ in a baculovirus expression system

Indirect double-immunofluorescence of LMH cells infected with ILTV

Western blot analysis of gC and gJ expression of ILTV mutants [Single PDF file](728 KB)


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