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J Virol. 1985 Jul;55(1):86-95.

Molecular cloning and physical mapping of the tupaia herpesvirus genome.


Purified virion DNA of about 200 kilobase pairs of tupaia herpesvirus strain 2 was cleaved with EcoRI or HindIII restriction endonuclease. Restriction fragments representing the complete viral genome including both termini were inserted into the EcoRI, HindIII, and EcoRI-HindIII sites of the bacterial plasmid pAT153. Restriction maps for the restriction endonucleases EcoRI and HindIII were constructed with data derived from Southern blot hybridizations of individual viral DNA fragments or cloned DNA fragments which were hybridized to either viral genome fragments or recombinant plasmids. The analysis revealed that the tupaia herpesvirus genome consists of a long unique sequence of 200 kilobase pairs and that inverted repeat DNA sequences of greater than 40 base pairs do not occur, in agreement with previous electron microscopic data. No DNA sequence homology was detectable between the tupaia herpesvirus DNA and the genome of murine cytomegalovirus, which was reported to have a similar structure. In addition, seven individual isolates of tupaia herpesvirus were characterized. The isolates can be grouped into five strains by their DNA cleavage patterns.

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