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Genome segment 5 of rice ragged stunt virus encodes a virion protein.

Li Z., Upadhyaya N.M., Kositratana W., Gibbs A.J., Waterhouse P.M.

The complete nucleotide sequence of the genome segment 5 (S5) of a Thai isolate of rice ragged stunt virus (RRSV) was determined. The 2682 nucleotide sequence contains a single long open reading frame capable of encoding a polypeptide with a molecular mass of approximately 91 kDa. Polypeptides encoded by various truncated cDNAs of S5 were expressed using the pGEX fusion protein vector and the highest level of fusion protein was obtained from a construct encoding a hydrophilic region of S5 protein. Antibodies raised against this fusion protein recognized a minor polypeptide, with a molecular mass of approximately 91 kDa, that was present in purified preparations of RRSV particles, infected insect vectors and infected rice plants. This indicates that RRSV S5 encodes a minor structural protein. Comparing the RRSV S5 sequence with sequences of other reoviruses did not reveal any significant sequence similarities.

J. Gen. Virol. 77:3155-3160(1996) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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