The packaging determinants of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) consist of two discontinuous core regions, extending from R to ∼150 bp of the 5′ untranslated region and the first ∼100 bp of gag. However, the role of sequences intervening between the core regions in packaging has not been clear. A mutational analysis was conducted to determine whether the intervening sequences played a role in FIV RNA packaging, using an in vivo packaging assay complemented with semiquantitative reverse transcriptase PCR. Our analyses reveal that the intervening sequences are dispensable not only for vector RNA packaging but also for propagation, confirming the discontinuous nature of the FIV packaging signal.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Virology|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science