Send to

Choose Destination
Virology. 1995 Jun 1;209(2):637-42.

Sequence of the genome of lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus: heterogenicity between strains P and C.

Author information

Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis 55455, USA.


The complete nucleotide sequence of genomic RNA (14104 nt) of one strain of lactate dehydrogenase-elevating virus (LDV), LDV-P, is reported. It exhibits only about 80% nucleotide identity with the sequence reported for another LDV strain, LDV-C (Godeny et al., Virology 194, 585-596 (1993), and is 68 nucleotides shorter than the reported LDV-C sequence. The difference in length is largely due to the lack of a 59-nucleotide-long direct repeat in ORF 1a of the reported LDV-C sequence. Sequence analysis of a total of 1.4 kb of ORF 1a of LDV-C via reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction (RT/PCR) technology failed to confirm the presence of this repeat in the LDV-C genome as well as of 24 deletions/insertions of single nucleotides that give rise to apparent transient reading frame differences between the LDV-P and LDV-C genomes and might have represented frameshift mutations. An additional 35 nucleotides in ORF 1a of the RT/PCR LDV-C products were the same as in the LDV-P rather than the reported LDV-C genome. The nucleotide sequences of the 5' leader and the 3' noncoding ends of the two genomes and the heptanucleotides involved in joining the 5' leader to the bodies of the subgenomic mRNAs were highly conserved or identical. The predicted LDV-P proteins, however, differed from those predicted for the LDV-C proteins between 25% for the ORF 2 protein and 1% for the ORF 7 nucleocapsid protein. All functional motifs of the ORF 1a and ORF 1b proteins were conserved. The ORF 1a protein possesses 11 potential transmembrane segments that flank the serine protease domain.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center