Phenotypic characterization of a vaccinia virus temperature-sensitive complementation group affecting a virion component

Virology. 1991 Mar;181(1):273-6. doi: 10.1016/0042-6822(91)90492-t.


Genetic and biochemical evidence is presented which shows that the product of the vaccinia virus gene 18R is a virion protein. Western blot analysis of virion proteins using anti-18R serum detects a 78,000-Da protein, localized in the virus core. Of five ts mutants which map to gene 18R, two mutants, ts 10 and ts 44, possess thermolabile virions. Temperature shifts performed during single-step growth of ts 44 suggest that precursors required for virion maturation accumulate during nonpermissive infections with ORF 18R mutants and that protein synthesis is required for recovery from nonpermissive condition.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Genes, Viral*
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Phenotype
  • Temperature
  • Vaccinia virus / genetics*
  • Vaccinia virus / growth & development
  • Virion / genetics*
  • Virion / growth & development