Isolation of mycoplasma virus L2 insertion variants and miniviruses

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  • We isolated two spontaneous variants of mycoplasma virus L2. Both variants, designated L2ins1 and L2ins2, contained a 3.1-kilobase-pair (kbp) insertion in the 11.8-kbp wild-type L2 genome. The inserted DNA was shown to be derived from two noncontiguous regions of the L2 genome, and L2ins1 and L2ins2 differed only in the location of the 3.1-kbp insertion. We also isolated L2 miniviruses from serial passages of L2, L2ins1, and L2ins2 viruses. Miniviruses contained circular DNA molecules of 3.1 kbp or multimers of 3.1 kbp. Minivirus 3.1-kbp DNAs had the same sequences as the 3.1-kbp insert DNAs found in L2ins1 and L2ins2 viruses. Miniviruses were not infectious and interfered with the growth of L2, L2ins1, and L2ins2 viruses; hence, L2 miniviruses appeared to be defective interfering particles.
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  • Dybvig K; Sladek TL; Maniloff J
  • Start Page

  • 584
  • End Page

  • 590
  • Volume

  • 59
  • Issue

  • 3