Genetic and phenotypic characterization of the newly described insect flavivirus, Kamiti River virus.
ABSTRACT We have described in the accompanying paper by Sang, et al., (, Arch Virol 2003, in press) the isolation and identification of a new flavivirus, Kamiti River virus (KRV), from Ae. macintoshi mosquitoes that were collected as larvae and pupae from flooded dambos in Central Province, Kenya. Among known flaviviruses, KRV was shown to be most similar to, but genetically and phenotypically distinct from, Cell fusing agent virus (CFAV). KRV was provisionally identified as an insect-only flavivirus that fails to replicate in vertebrate cells or in mice. We report here the further characterization of KRV. Growth in cell culture was compared to that of CFAV; although growth kinetics were similar, KRV did not cause the cell fusion that is characteristic of CFAV infection. The KRV genome was found to be 11,375 nucleotides in length, containing a single open reading frame encoding 10 viral proteins. Likely polyprotein cleavage sites were identified, which were most similar to those of CFAV and were comparable to those of other flaviviruses. Sequence identity with other flaviviruses was low; maximum identity was with CFAV. Possible terminal secondary structures for the 5' and 3' non-coding regions (NCR) were similar to those predicted for other flaviviruses. Whereas CFAV was isolated from insect cells in the laboratory, the isolation of KRV demonstrates the presence of an insect-only flavivirus in nature and raises questions regarding potential interactions between this virus and other mosquito-borne viruses in competent vector populations. Additionally, this virus will be an important tool in future studies to determine markers associated with flavivirus host specificity.
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ABSTRACT: In the course of systematic analysis of protein sequences containing the purine NTP-binding motif, a new superfamily was delineated which included 25 established or putative helicases of Escherichia coli, yeast, insects, mammals, pox- and herpesviruses, a yeast mitochondrial plasmid and three groups of positive strand RNA viruses. These proteins contained 7 distinct highly conserved segments two of which corresponded to the "A" and "B" sites of the NTP-binding motif. Typical of the new superfamily was an abridged consensus for the "A" site, GxGKS/T, instead of the classical G/AxxxxGKS/T. Secondary structure predictions indicated that each of the conserved segments might constitute a separate structural unit centering at a beta-turn. All previously characterized mutations impairing the function of the yeast helicase RAD3 in DNA repair mapped to one of the conserved segments. A degree of similarity was revealed between the consensus pattern of conserved amino acid residues derived for the new superfamily and that of another recently described protein superfamily including a different set of prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral (putative) helicases.Nucleic Acids Research 07/1989; 17(12):4713-30. · 8.28 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We undertook a comprehensive phylogenetic study to establish the genetic relationship among the viruses of the genus Flavivirus and to compare the classification based on molecular phylogeny with the existing serologic method. By using a combination of quantitative definitions (bootstrap support level and the pairwise nucleotide sequence identity), the viruses could be classified into clusters, clades, and species. Our phylogenetic study revealed for the first time that from the putative ancestor two branches, non-vector and vector-borne virus clusters, evolved and from the latter cluster emerged tick-borne and mosquito-borne virus clusters. Provided that the theory of arthropod association being an acquired trait was correct, pairwise nucleotide sequence identity among these three clusters provided supporting data for a possibility that the non-vector cluster evolved first, followed by the separation of tick-borne and mosquito-borne virus clusters in that order. Clades established in our study correlated significantly with existing antigenic complexes. We also resolved many of the past taxonomic problems by establishing phylogenetic relationships of the antigenically unclassified viruses with the well-established viruses and by identifying synonymous viruses.Journal of Virology 02/1998; 72(1):73-83. · 5.08 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The capacity of monoclonal antibodies to protect mice passively against yellow fever (YF) virus infection was investigated. Both neutralizing (54K-specific) and non-neutralizing (54K- and 48K-specific) antibodies protected mice against challenge with the RMP substrain of YF virus. Average survival times of mice inoculated intracerebrally with a standard lethal dose of YF virus differed according to the strain used: thus mice inoculated with the most neurovirulent viruses, FNV and Asibi, survived for 6 X 50 and 7 X 65 days respectively, and those with RMP virus survived for 15 X 75 days. The capacity of antibodies to protect mice passively against virus challenge was directly related to virus neurovirulence. Possible mechanisms and the significance of protection by antibodies against non-structural proteins that do not mediate neutralization, are discussed.Journal of General Virology 04/1986; 67 ( Pt 3):591-5. · 3.13 Impact Factor