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Molecular Characterization Of Human, Bovine, And Dolphin Parainfluenza Viruses: Viral Genome Sequencing And Epithelial Cell Signaling Responses Following In Vitro Infection, Kirsten Charlotte Eberle Jan 2015

Molecular Characterization Of Human, Bovine, And Dolphin Parainfluenza Viruses: Viral Genome Sequencing And Epithelial Cell Signaling Responses Following In Vitro Infection, Kirsten Charlotte Eberle

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation aims at examining immunological response(s) to PIV-3 infection using in vitro cell culture systems. Based on previous publications, TtPIV-1 was found to be similar to, but distinct from, both human and bovine PIV-3 isolates. These initial findings were based only upon partial sequences of the F and HN viral genes. In Chapter 2 TtPIV-1 is further characterized on cytokine production, viral growth over time, and full genome sequencing as compared to BPIV-3 and HPIV-3. Chapter 3 is aimed at examining the type III IFN response during TtPIV-1, BPIV-3, and HPIV-3 infection. Because paramyxoviruses are known to affect ...


Identification And Characterization Of A Novel Structural Protein Of Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus, The Replicase Nonstructural Protein 2, Matthew Allan Kappes Jan 2014

Identification And Characterization Of A Novel Structural Protein Of Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus, The Replicase Nonstructural Protein 2, Matthew Allan Kappes

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is a rapidly mutating pathogen eliciting respiratory and reproductive disease of high economic consequence. The PRRSV non-structural protein 2 (nsp2) is a large multifunctional protein encoded by the most genetically diverse region of the genome - the selective pressure potentiating mutation within this region is unknown. Here we report the identification of a unique function of nsp2 as a structural component of the PRRSV virion; the first PRRSV structural protein identified which is not expressed from a sub-genomic RNA or regulated via the discontinuous transcription pathway. Through the use of a set of custom ...


Genetic Variation And Evolution Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Rev Quasispecies During Long Term Persistent Infection , Prasith Baccam Jan 2000

Genetic Variation And Evolution Of Equine Infectious Anemia Virus Rev Quasispecies During Long Term Persistent Infection , Prasith Baccam

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Genetic variation has been observed in many viruses. Viruses that carry their genetic information in the form of RNA exhibit high mutation rates because the viral polymerase lacks proof-reading mechanisms commonly found in DNA polymerase complexes. The combination of high mutation rates, small genome size, and high replication rates results in a population of closely related viral genotypes, which are commonly referred to as a quasispecies. A consequence of the genetic variation in viruses is possible variation in viral phenotype of the quasispecies population. Furthermore, changes in viral phenotype may be a biologically important factor in progression of disease. Here ...


Analysis Of Viral Proteins Of Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus In Host Protection And Early Virus-Cell Interactions , Yanjin Zhang Jan 1998

Analysis Of Viral Proteins Of Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus In Host Protection And Early Virus-Cell Interactions , Yanjin Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The viral proteins of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) were expressed in a baculovirus expression system. They were evaluated for protection of pigs against the respiratory disease and for function in virus-cell interactions. The open reading frames 2 to 6 products were confirmed to be membrane associated proteins as they were detected on the surface of viable insect cells by an immunofluorescence assay. Immunization of pigs with vaccines comprised of a combination of GP2, GP3 and GP4 or a combination of GP5, M and N proteins induced partial protection, but immunization with combination of GP5 and M proteins ...


Pou Domain Genes And The Immunoglobulin Octamer Motif In Chickens , Lynn Marie Heltemes Jan 1997

Pou Domain Genes And The Immunoglobulin Octamer Motif In Chickens , Lynn Marie Heltemes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This research was undertaken to test the hypothesis that multiple POU genes exist and that POU proteins are involved in transcriptional regulation in the chicken. The POU protein Oct-2 has been hypothesized to partially regulate immunoglobulin gene expression through its interaction with the octamer motif found in the promoter of immunoglobulin genes. Transcriptional regulation of immunoglobulin genes provides a model for tissue-specific gene expression in the immune system. In searching for a chicken Oct-2 homologue, two partial chicken POU domain genes were identified. A cDNA clone encoding the POU domain of Brn-3a was isolated and showed near identity to the ...


Cloning Of Bovine Intercellular Adhesion Molecules And Characterization Of Expression Of Neutrophil Adhesion Molecules In Periparturient Cows And Calves , Eunkyung Lee Jan 1996

Cloning Of Bovine Intercellular Adhesion Molecules And Characterization Of Expression Of Neutrophil Adhesion Molecules In Periparturient Cows And Calves , Eunkyung Lee

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The interactions of circulating leukocytes with the endothelium represent a key point in the effector functions of the immune system by regulating the specificity and strength of cell-cell interactions. The recruitment of neutrophils to sites of inflammation is initiated by chemoattractants. The initial contact of neutrophils on vascular endothelial cells is a rolling interaction mediated by members of the selectin family. These include E-selectin and P-selectin on the surface of activated endothelial cells, and L-selectin on neutrophils. The subsequent activation of leukocyte [beta]2 integrins, which bind to the glycoprotein intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) on endothelial cells, is essential for ...


Identification And Characterization Of A Chicken Major Histocompatibility Complex Class Ii[Beta] Gene Promoter , Yunfei Chen Jan 1995

Identification And Characterization Of A Chicken Major Histocompatibility Complex Class Ii[Beta] Gene Promoter , Yunfei Chen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) contains a variety of genes. Among them, the class II genes encode proteins involved in antigen presentation to helper T cells, a key step in initiating immune responses. The regulation of class II gene expression has been extensively studied in mammals. Such studies have been lacking in the avian species, despite the well-established association of the avian MHC with disease resistance and production traits. The objective of this study was to functionally analyze a putative chicken MHC class II gene promoter;Using the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter system, a functional chicken MHC class II[beta ...


Molecular Mechanisms Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Adherence To Swine Respiratory Epithelial Cells, Qijing Zhang Jan 1994

Molecular Mechanisms Of Mycoplasma Hyopneumoniae Adherence To Swine Respiratory Epithelial Cells, Qijing Zhang

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A microtiter plate adherence assay for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae was established by using purified swine tracheal cilia which are the natural targets for the mycoplasma. M. hyopneumoniae bound specifically to solubilized cilia immobilized onto microtiter plates. Dextran sulfate, heparin, chondroitin sulfate, laminin, mucin, and fucoidan significantly inhibited binding of the mycoplasmas to cilia. Heparin, mucin, fucoidan, and chondroitin sulfate interacted with the adhesins on the surface of mycoplasmas, whereas laminin blocked the receptors in cilia. Treatment of cilia with neuraminidase appeared to promote adherence of the mycoplasmas; whereas, treatment of cilia with sodium metaperiodate decreased the binding. In the second study ...


Molecular Characterization Of Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus Isolates With Varying Pathogenicity , Eric Martin Vaughn Jan 1994

Molecular Characterization Of Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus Isolates With Varying Pathogenicity , Eric Martin Vaughn

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Three new isolates of porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) were isolated and characterized. Two of the PRCV isolates, AR310 and LEPP, were shown to produce moderate interstitial pneumonia, whereas the third PRCV isolate, IA1894, was only mildly pathogenic in five-week-old specific pathogen free pigs. The previously described PRCV isolate ISU-1, a mildly pathogenic PRCV isolate, was also included in this study. These PRCV isolates with varying pathogenicity provided an opportunity to determine if there are certain genes that correlate with virulence, as the genes 3 and 3-1 have been hypothesized to be virulence determinants for transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) isolates. Using ...


Identification And Characterization Of Mycoplasma Promoters , Kevin Lee Knudtson Jan 1993

Identification And Characterization Of Mycoplasma Promoters , Kevin Lee Knudtson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The development of a reporter gene system for mycoplasmas was sought to be able to examine gene regulation in mycoplasmas. Initial studies were designed to examine whether the Escherichia coli lacZ gene could be used as a reporter gene in mycoplasmas. The test system examined the ability of the Mycoplasma capricolum rrnA P2 or E. coli rrnB P1 promoters to initiate the transcription of trp[superscript]'-lacZYA in Acholeplasma ISM1499. The results showed that the M. capricolum, but not the E. coli promoter, could promote the expression of lacZ. Because the test system was based on a translational fusion that ...


Characterization Of The 31-Kda Antigen Gene Of Haemophilus Somnus And Its Product , Jonghwa Won Jan 1993

Characterization Of The 31-Kda Antigen Gene Of Haemophilus Somnus And Its Product , Jonghwa Won

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Consistent immunoreactivities of the 31-, 40- and 78-kDa proteins of Haemophilus somnus were observed in immunoblots with bovine antisera to H. somnus. A genomic library of H. somnus 8025 DNA was constructed in plasmid pUC19 and 45 recombinants expressed immunoreactive proteins in Western blots using bovine antiserum. Ten of the recombinants expressing a 31-kDa protein caused lysis of bovine erythrocytes. Restriction endonuclease mapping indicated that the hemolytic recombinants shared an approximately 1.7-kb BglII fragment. Southern blot analysis using the BglII fragment as a probe revealed homology among the recombinants and the presence of an identically sized BglII fragment in ...


Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Bovine Lymphocyte Homing , Brad Thomas Bosworth Jan 1991

Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Bovine Lymphocyte Homing , Brad Thomas Bosworth

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The cDNA clones encoding for the bovine glycoproteins CD44 and LECAM-1 (lectin cell adhesion molecule-1) were isolated and sequenced. The predicted amino acid sequences of bovine CD44 and LECAM-1 had high identities with those of human and murine CD44 and LECAM-1. The high identities of the predicted amino acid sequences of these glycoproteins in the bovine, human and mouse suggest they may have similar functions in all three species. While the overall amino acid identities were high, bovine CD44 had an area of low identity with human and murine CD44 in the extracellular domain and the cytoplasmic tail of bovine ...


Development Of Molecular Genetic Approaches To Study Mycoplasma Pathogenesis , Gregory G. Mahairas Jan 1989

Development Of Molecular Genetic Approaches To Study Mycoplasma Pathogenesis , Gregory G. Mahairas

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Transposons Tn4001 and Tn916 have been introduced into M. pulmonis. Additionally, the antibiotic resistance genes of both transposable elements have been cloned and integrative plasmids constructed that carry chromosomal DNA as a region of homology. Transposons and integrative plasmids were used to study polyethylene glycol mediated transformation in M. pulmonis and the optimal transformation frequencies were obtained in a mixture containing 35.5% PEG, 10 ug plasmid DNA, 10 ug yeast tRNA and 1 x 10[superscript]8 cells. Transformation frequencies were enhanced four- to five-fold by preincubating cells at 0° C for 30 min. in CaCl[subscript]2 prior ...