Characterization of a late gene encoding for MCP in soft-shelled turtle iridovirus (STIV)

Zenglian Zhao, Yong Teng, Hong Liu, Xiangmei Lin, Kan Wang, Yulin Jiang, Huanchun Chen

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Major caspid protein (MCP) is the major structural component of virus particles and revealed to be very responsible for classification of new tentative iridovirus isolates. In this paper, the complete sequences of MCP gene was firstly identified and characterized from soft-shelled turtle iridovirus (STIV). The MCP, classified as a late transcript by drug inhibition, encodes a protein of 463 aa with a predicted molecular weight of 50 kDa. Indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) and virus neutralization assay were developed to determine the sensitivity and virus neutralizing activity of MCP-specific antiserum. Furthermore, the MCP temporal expression pattern during STIV infection in vitro was characterized by Western blot and RT-PCR assays. The results suggest that STIV could be classified as a member of genus Ranavirus in family Iridoviridae and has cell-type-specific programs of viral gene expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalVirus Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Late viral gene
  • Major caspid protein (MCP)
  • Ranavirus
  • Soft-shelled turtle iridovirus (STIV)
  • Temporal expression pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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