skip to main content

SciTech ConnectSciTech Connect

Title: Development of a reverse genetics system to generate a recombinant Ebola virus Makona expressing a green fluorescent protein

Previous studies have demonstrated the potential application of reverse genetics technology in studying a broad range of aspects of viral biology, including gene regulation, protein function, cell entry, and pathogenesis. Here, we describe a highly efficient reverse genetics system used to generate recombinant Ebola virus (EBOV) based on a recent isolate from a human patient infected during the 2014–2015 outbreak in Western Africa. We also rescued a recombinant EBOV expressing a fluorescent reporter protein from a cleaved VP40 protein fusion. Using this virus and an inexpensive method to quantitate the expression of the foreign gene, we demonstrate its potential usefulness as a tool for screening antiviral compounds and measuring neutralizing antibodies. - Highlights: • Recombinant Ebola virus (EBOV) derived from Makona variant was rescued. • New protocol for viral rescue allows 100% efficiency. • Modified EBOV expresses a green fluorescent protein from a VP40-fused protein. • Modified EBOV was tested as tool to screen antiviral compounds and measure neutralizing antibodies.
Authors:
; ; ; ;
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22470192
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Virology; Journal Volume: 484; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; AFRICA; ANTIBODIES; EFFICIENCY; FLUORESCENCE; GENE REGULATION; GENETICS; HUMAN POPULATIONS; PATHOGENESIS; PATIENTS; PROTEINS; SCREENING; VIRUSES