Recombinant Cedar Virus: A Henipavirus Reverse Genetics Platform.Methods Mol Biol. 2023; 2682:73-86.MM
The isolation of Cedar virus, a nonpathogenic henipavirus that is closely related to the highly pathogenic Nipah virus and Hendra virus, provides a new platform for henipavirus experimentation and a tool to investigate biological differences among these viruses under less stringent biological containment. Here, we detail a reverse genetics system used to rescue two replication-competent, recombinant Cedar virus variants: a recombinant wild-type Cedar virus and a recombinant Cedar virus that express a green fluorescent protein from an open reading frame inserted between the phosphoprotein and matrix genes. This recombinant Cedar virus platform may be utilized to characterize the determinants of pathogenesis across the henipaviruses, investigate their receptor tropisms, and identify novel pan-henipavirus antivirals safely under biosafety level-2 conditions.