Molecular ratio between borna disease viral-p40 and -p24 proteins in infected cells determined by quantitative antigen capture ELISA

Microbiol Immunol. 2000;44(9):765-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1348-0421.2000.tb02561.x.


We developed the antigen capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) systems for quantification of Borna disease virus (BDV) major antigens, p40 and p24. Using these ELISAs, we quantified the two proteins in various BDV-infected materials, including the cell lysates and culture supernatants as well as the homogenates of experimental animal brains. The ELISAs were also applied to measure the infectious titer of BDV in persistently infected cell lines. Quantitative analysis with these ELISAs allowed us to measure the molecular ratio between the p40 and p24 in infected samples. Interestingly, the ratio of p24 to p40 in persistently infected cells was much higher than that observed in acutely infected cells although the ratios in the supernatants from both cell lines were quite similar. BDV-inoculated gerbil brain cells showed a relatively high ratio of p24 to p40 as compared with acutely infected cells. These observations suggested that the molecular ratio between the proteins strongly depended on the infectious status of BDV in the host cells. The ELISA system developed here could be a convenient method for the quantification of BDV infection and may also be beneficial for understanding viral replication and infectious status in the host cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Antigens, Viral / analysis*
  • Borna disease virus / immunology*
  • Brain / virology
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
  • Gerbillinae
  • Recombinant Proteins / isolation & purification


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antigens, Viral
  • Recombinant Proteins