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Abstract

Sequences encoding the green fluorescent protein (GFP) were inserted into the envelope protein (Env) of ecotropic Moloney murine leukaemia virus, MoMLV. Insertion of these sequences into the proline-rich region (PRR) of Env resulted in a chimeric GFP-Env protein that allowed retrovirus vector transduction of murine cells with titres similar to wild-type Env. However, N-terminal extension with GFP did not result in a functional Env protein. GFP sequences were then inserted into the Env PRR of E-MO virus, a MoMLV that carries epidermal growth factor sequences at the N terminus of its Env protein. The resulting virus, GFP-EMO1, replicates to the same titres as the parental virus. In a chronically infected cell culture, GFP-EMO1 was genetically stable. However, additional insertions of sequences that led to recombination or that may have been incompatible with virus replication were deleted and decreased virus titre. In summary, Env PRR can be used to tag individual virus particles with GFP, which leaves other regions available for modification in studies aimed at altering virus tropism.

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