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Comparison of sequences of E/NS1 gene junction of dengue type 3 virus following culture subpassage in C6/36 cells to study the possible occurrence of mutations.

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Division of Virology, Institute for Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


The aim of this study was to determine whether mutations could occur in the dengue virus genome following three subpassages of the virus in a mosquito cell line. This was done because sources of virus isolates used for sequencing studies are usually maintained in cell lines rather than in patients' sera. Therefore it must be assured that no mutation occurred during the passaging. For this purpose, sequencing was carried out using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products of the envelope/non-structural protein 1 junction region (280 nucleotides) of dengue type 3 virus. Sequence data were compared between the virus from a patient's serum against the virus subpassaged three times in the C6/36 cell line. We found that the sequence data of the virus from serum was identical to the virus that was subpassaged three times in C6/36 cell line.

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