Mapping and sequence of the gene coding for protein p72, the major capsid protein of African swine fever virus

Virology. 1990 Apr;175(2):477-84. doi: 10.1016/0042-6822(90)90432-q.


The gene encoding protein p72, the major structural protein of African swine fever virus and one of the most immunogenic proteins in natural infection has been mapped and sequenced. The gene was mapped by using oligonucleotide probes deduced from amino acid sequences of tryptic peptides obtained from purified protein p72. This allowed the location of the gene in fragment EcoRI B of African swine fever virus DNA. The nucleotide sequence obtained from this region revealed an open reading frame encoding 646 amino acids corresponding to a protein with a calculated molecular weight of 73,096 Da. This open reading frame contains the coding information for all the sequenced tryptic peptides from protein p72. A search at the National Biomedical Research Foundation Data Bank did not reveal any significant homology with other described proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • African Swine Fever Virus / genetics*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amino Acids / analysis
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Capsid / analysis
  • Capsid / genetics*
  • Capsid / isolation & purification
  • Capsid Proteins*
  • Chemical Fractionation
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • DNA, Viral / genetics*
  • Iridoviridae / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oligonucleotide Probes
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Vero Cells


  • Amino Acids
  • Capsid Proteins
  • DNA, Viral
  • Oligonucleotide Probes
  • capsid protein p72, African swine fever virus

Associated data

  • GENBANK/M34142