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Virology. 1992 Aug;189(2):600-8.

Characterization of the stage(s) in the virus replication cycle at which the host-cell specificity of the feline parvovirus subgroup is regulated in canine cells.

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Department of Veterinary Public Health, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan.


Feline panleukopenia virus (FPLV), mink enteritis virus (MEV), and canine parvovirus (CPV) are classified as a host-range variants. They show different host-range specificity in vivo and host-cell specificity in vitro. For instance, FPLV and MEV cannot grow or can grow only inefficiently in canine cell lines such as MDCK and the canine fibroma cell line A72. Here we have studied the mechanism(s) by which the different cell tropism is mediated in vitro. When FPLV or MEV was inoculated to A72 cells, viral DNA replicated slightly, few viral-antigen-positive cells were detected, and the culture fluid contained the threshold level of infectivity. On the other hand, when an infectious molecular clone of MEV (pMEV) was introduced into A72 cells, viral DNA replicated efficiently, and the culture fluid of pMEV-transfected cells contained much higher infectivities than that of MEV-infected cells. In spite of the restrictive growth in A72 cells, MEV could bind to A72 cells as efficiently as CPV. No detectable viral RNA was produced in MEV-infected A72 cells. In contrast, efficient viral transcription occurred in pMEV-transfected A72 cells. These results suggest that the restrictive infections of MEV and FPLV in A72 cells are not mediated by the attachment of the virus to the cells or by the events occurring after the viral transcription. It appears to be caused by the stage(s) in the virus replication cycle, which exists between a postadsorptional step required for virus penetration and the initiation of viral transcription.

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