Scientific paper 1 – Protein and nucleic acid analysis of influenza B viruses isolated in Italy in 1984

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Protein and nucleic acid analysis of influenza B viruses isolated in Italy in 1984

Journal of Medical Virology, 1989 Mar;27(3):201-9

Authors: Donatelli I, Mancini G, Castrucci MR, Campitelli L, Corcoran T, Yates P, Oxford JS.

Abstract

Genomic and phenotypic analysis of 30 influenza B viruses, isolated in Italy in 1984, antigenically closely related to the B/USSR/100/83 prototype virus, was carried out using T1-oligonucleotide fingerprinting of total RNA and one-dimensional peptide mapping.

The results of fingerprinting analysis indicated an oligonucleotide spot homology of 90-96%, corresponding to a nucleotide sequence variation of only 0.75-0.3%. All the strains appear to belong to the same evolutionary line. Nevertheless, heterogeneity was found at the structural and antigenic level, when the viruses were compared by peptide mapping and monoclonal antibody analysis. No correlation between the biochemical variability of the viruses and the epidemiological characteristics of the different strains was established, which is consistent with the hypothesis that distinct variants, arisen at different times from a parental strain, co-circulate during an epidemic, although the additional occurrence of random mutations during the evolution of the epidemic cannot be excluded.

PMID: 2723613

 

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