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1 April 2002 Marek's Disease in Turkeys. II. Characterization of the Viral Glycoprotein B Gene and Antigen of a Turkey Strain of Marek's Disease Virus
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Abstract

Marek's disease virus (MDV) causes immunosuppression and tumors in chickens. As sporadic cases of Marek's disease (MD) were recorded in turkeys, the antigenic and genomic characteristics of the MDV glycoprotein B (gB) gene and antigen of turkeys were compared to the chicken MDV gB.

The whole chicken and turkey gB genes were sequenced and found identical. By immunoblotting of infected-cell culture lysates using chicken convalescent and gB monoclonal antibodies, the antigenic epitopes of the chicken and turkey viruses were found to differ. The turkey MDV had a unique epitope, compared to the chicken MDV and compared with our previous findings. While the chicken MDV had two epitope types, heat-labile but dithiothreitol (DTT)-stable and heat-stable but DTT-labile, the turkey MDV gB epitope is both heat and DTT-labile.

Irit Davidson, M. Malkinson, and Y. Weisman "Marek's Disease in Turkeys. II. Characterization of the Viral Glycoprotein B Gene and Antigen of a Turkey Strain of Marek's Disease Virus," Avian Diseases 46(2), (1 April 2002). https://doi.org/10.1637/0005-2086(2002)046[0322:MSDITI]2.0.CO;2
Received: 6 July 2001; Published: 1 April 2002
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