Abortive Infection of L Cells by Influenza B Virus
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Host-dependent restriction of influenza B virus replication in L cells was analysed in comparison with productive infection in MDCK or 1-5C-4 cells. The synthesis and intracellular distribution of virus-specific proteins and the production of cytoplasmic ribonucleoproteins in nonpermissive L cells were similar to those in permissive MDCK cells. However, an electron microscopic study of infected L cells showed neither extracellular virions nor budding virus particles on the cell surface, in contrast to MDCK cells which produced numerous virus particles. PAGE analysis of the plasma membrane isolated from the cells demonstrated no significant difference in the composition of viral polypeptides between permissive 1-5C-4 and nonpermissive L cells. It was noted that the abortiveness of influenza B virus infection in L cells may be due to a defect in host cell function involved in the initiation of virus budding.
- Japanese Journal of Microbiology
Japanese Journal of Microbiology 28(4), 427-437, 1984
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