Reverse Genetics for Mammalian Orthoreovirus

  • Johnasha D. Stuart
  • Matthew B. Phillips
  • Karl W. BoehmeEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1602)


Reverse genetics allows introduction of specific alterations into a viral genome. Studies performed with mutant viruses generated using reverse genetics approaches have contributed immeasurably to our understanding of viral replication and pathogenesis, and also have led to development of novel vaccines and virus-based vectors. Here, we describe the reverse genetics system that allows for production and recovery of mammalian orthoreovirus, a double-stranded (ds) RNA virus, from plasmids that encode the viral genome.

Key words

Plasmid-based reverse genetics Reovirus Double-stranded RNA virus Recombinant virus Viral reassortment T7 RNA polymerase 



We thank Joseph Koon II for careful review of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johnasha D. Stuart
    • 1
  • Matthew B. Phillips
    • 1
  • Karl W. Boehme
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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