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Virology. 1992 Dec;191(2):687-97.

Intracellular localization of poliovirus RNA by in situ hybridization at the ultrastructural level using single-stranded riboprobes.

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Institute for Medical Microbiology, University of Basel, Switzerland.


Polioviral RNA was localized by electron microscopic in situ hybridization on sections of poliovirus-infected HEp-2 cells. Viral plus-strand RNA was found accumulated in the close surroundings of the membrane-bound replication complex. Two different regions of the viral genome were detected with the same frequency, which indicates the predominant presence of full-length genomic RNA. Viral proteins of the P2 and the P3 genomic region were detected mainly over the core of the replication complex, whereas the hybridization signal was present rather at the peripheral parts of the complex. A more than 100-fold excess of viral plus- over minus-strand RNA was found by strand-specific hybridization to RNA extracted from isolated replication complexes. These findings support the idea of a pool of viral plus-strand RNA set free from the replication complex and accumulating in the close vicinity of the replication complex possibly before encapsidation.

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