Send to

Choose Destination
Virology. 1988 Dec;167(2):507-14.

Intertypic genomic rearrangements of poliovirus strains in vaccinees.

Author information

Division of Virology, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Herts, United Kingdom.


In vivo intertypic RNA recombination has previously been observed in excreted type 3 poliovirus isolates from a normal asymptomatic primary vaccinee. This study examines isolates from additional primary vaccinees to determine whether intertypic recombination is a general occurrence in excreted polioviruses. T1 RNase oligonucleotide finger-printing and limited dideoxy primer extension RNA sequencing demonstrated no evidence of intertypic recombination among type 1 or type 2 excreted strains. However, vaccinees excreting type 3 strains for long periods of time eventually produced recombinant strains involving either type 1 or type 2 poliovirus. Moreover, a characteristic time course of appearance of excreted type 3 intertypic recombinant polioviruses was established. Type 3/type 1 and type 3/type 2 recombinant strains appeared at Days 10-11 with a single crossover site in the gene for nonstructural protein 2C. Type 3/type 2/type 3 complex recombinant strains with an additional crossover site in the polymerase gene replaced type 3/type 2 strains at approximately Day 28. A significant portion of the genome of the type 3 Sabin vaccine strain is thus replaced during long-term excretion by vaccinees, and the appearance of some genomic arrangements coincided with a base deletion at the 3' terminus.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center