[Optimization of the gene composition of influenza H5 virus hemagglutinin-containing reassortants and their efficacy in immune cross-protection experiments].Vopr Virusol. 2008 Jan-Feb; 53(1):24-7.VV
The reassortant described in the authors' previous paper contained 6 genes originating from the high-yield virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) and the genes of hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) of the low-pathogenic avian influenza A/Duck/Primorie/2621/2001 (H5N2) (6:2 reassortant). The reassortant was used for the backcrossing with the parent avian virus in order to optimize the gene composition. Genotyping of the highest-yield second-generation reassortment indicated that it had obtained the PB1, HA, and NA genes from the virus A/Duck/Primorie/ 2621/2001 and the other genes received the genes from the virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (5:3 reassortant). The yield produced in the embryonated chicken eggs by the 5:3 reassortant was higher than that produced by the 6:2 reassortant although it did not achieve the reproduction of the parent virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34. Murine immunization with the inactivated reassortant containing the HA and NA genes of the virus A/Duck/Primorie/2621/2001 (H5N2) provided an efficient protection against the virus containing HA and NA of a recent H5N1 strain.