Genomic Regions Associated with Neurotropism Identified in MHV by RNA-RNA Recombination

  • Ehud Lavi
  • Qian Wang
  • Susan T. Hingley
  • Susan R. Weiss
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 380)


Infection of mice with a neurotropic strain of MHV (MHV-A59), a non-neurotropic strain of MHV (MHV-2), and a set of recombinant viruses (kindly provided by Dr. Michael Lai) were used to map genetic determinants of viral neurotropism and demyelination. Following intracerebral (IC) inoculation of 4-week old C57B1/6 mice, 1LD50 of MHV-A59 produced acute meningoencephalitis and hepatitis, and subsequently chronic CNS demyelinating disease. IC inoculation of 1LD50 of MHV-2 produced acute hepatitis without CNS disease. Recombinants ML-3, ML-11, ML-7, ML-8, ML-9 and ML-10 produced acute encephalitis similar to MHV-A59. According to previous oligonucleotide fingerprinting analysis the only common denominator of the neurotropic recombinant viruses was an M gene derived from MHV-A59. Sequencing of PCR-amplified viral S and M genes confirmed that the M genes of neurotropic viruses are derived from A59 while the S genes of neurotropic viruses are either derived from MHV-2 or from A59. In tissue culture, ML-11, ML-3 and MHV-2 are fusion negative, while A59, ML-7, ML-8 and ML-10 are fusion positive. Thus, neurotropism in MHVs is not linked to fusion or the S gene. Moreover, the M gene may be a significant determinant of neurotropism and acute encephalitis.


Acute Hepatitis Recombinant Virus Parental Virus Mouse Hepatitis Virus Neurotropic Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ehud Lavi
    • 1
  • Qian Wang
    • 1
  • Susan T. Hingley
    • 2
  • Susan R. Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of NeuropathologyDepartment of Pathology and Laboratory MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Pennsylvania School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA

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