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Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) was developed as a vector to aid the construction of vaccines against viral diseases such as viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus, spring viremia of carp virus, and influenza virus H1N1. However, the optimal site for foreign gene expression in the IHNV vector has not been determined. In the present study, five recombinant viruses with the green fluorescence protein (GFP) gene inserted into different genomic junction regions of the IHNV genomic sequence were generated using reverse genetics technology. Viral growth was severely delayed when the GFP gene was inserted into the intergenic region between the N and P genes. Real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR assays showed that the closer the GFP gene was inserted towards the 3' end, the higher the GFP mRNA levels. Measurement of the GFP fluorescence intensity, which is the most direct method to determine the GFP protein expression level, showed that the highest GFP protein level was obtained when the gene was inserted into the intergenic region between the P and M genes. The results of this study suggest that the P and M gene junction region is the optimal site within the IHNV vector to express foreign genes, providing valuable information for the future development of live vector vaccines.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Archives of virology
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