Expression of Marek's disease virus (MDV) serotype 2 gene which has partial homology with MDV serotype 1 pp38 gene
Ono, M.; Maeda, K.; Kawaguchi, Y.; Jang, H.K.; Tohya, Y.; Niikura, M.; Mikami, T.
Virus Research 35(2): 223-229
We constructed the recombinant baculovirus expressing the gene of non-pathogenic Marek's disease virus (MDV) serotype 2 (MDV2) which encodes a polypeptide with partial homology to MDV serotype 1 (MDV1) pp38, an antigen associated with transformed cells. The recombinant MDV2 protein was detected as a band of 32 kDa in immunoblot analysis with MDV2-infected chicken serum. Mouse serum against insect Spodoptera frugiperda cells infected with the recombinant baculovirus immunoprecipitated a 38 kDa molecule from the lysate of MDV2-infected chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEFs) but did not immunoprecipitate the MDV1 pp38 from the lysate of MDV1-infected CEFs. This result indicates that the recombinant MDV2 protein has no epitopes shared with the MDV1 pp38.