Biological and macromolecular properties of murine cells persistently infected with MHV-JHM. Academic Article uri icon


  • A persistently-infected neuroblastoma culture [Neuro-2A( JHMV )] was established with the murine hepatitis virus JHM [MHV-JHM]. After 100 days of passage, the endogenous virus [Neuro-2A( JHMV ) end] released by this culture was unable to induce the syncytia typical of MHV-JHM and the endogenous virus was not temperature-sensitive. The Neuro-2A( JHMV ) culture was cured of virus production by passage under neutralizing antibody [Neuro-2A( JHMV )Ab]. The Neuro-2A( JHMV ) and the Neuro-2A ( JHMV ) Ab cultures were as susceptible to heterologous infection with mengovirus and vesicular stomatitis virus as the uninfected Neuro-2A culture. However, the Neuro-2A ( JHMV ) and Neuro-2A( JHMV ) Ab cultures were partially resistant to homologous superinfection by MHV-JHM and the closely related MHV-A59. Virus related to MHV-JHM was rescued from the antibody-cured cells by cell fusion. The synthesis of MHV-JHM specific antigens by Neuro-2A( JHMV ) cells, Neuro-2A( JHMV ) Ab cells and 17 Cl-1 cells infected by Neuro-2A( JHMV ) end was studied by SDS-PAGE. The genomic RNAs of MHV-JHM and Neuro-2A( JHMV ) end were compared by oligonucleotide mapping. The results of the protein and RNA studies indicated that the genome of Neuro-2A( JHMV ) end was substantially modified from the genome of MHV-JHM, but the modifications did not significantly alter the molecular size of the viral-specific proteins.

published proceedings

  • Arch Virol

author list (cited authors)

  • Leibowitz, J. L., Bond, C. W., Anderson, K., & Goss, S.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Leibowitz, JL||Bond, CW||Anderson, K||Goss, S

publication date

  • December 1984