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1.  Identification and baculovirus expression of the VP4 protein of the human group B rotavirus ADRV. 
Journal of Virology  1993;67(5):2730-2738.
A complete cDNA copy of the fourth RNA segment of the human group B rotavirus adult diarrheal rotavirus (ADRV) has been cloned into lambda phage and excised into plasmid pSK Bluescript. Gene segment 4 contains 2,303 bases and encodes one long open reading frame beginning at base 16 and terminating at base 2263. The encoded protein contains 749 amino acids, with a calculated molecular mass of 84.4 kDa and a pI of 6.1. Gene 4 cDNA was inserted into a recombinant baculovirus via homologous recombination. The gene 4 polypeptide migrates at 84 kDa when expressed either by a recombinant baculovirus or in vitro in a rabbit reticulocyte lysate. The gene 4 protein is immunoprecipitable by hyperimmune serum to ADRV, human ADRV convalescent-phase serum, a porcine group B rotavirus infection serum, and a monoclonal antibody made to ADRV virion. Guinea pig hyperimmune serum to the baculovirus-expressed ADRV VP4 protein recognizes virus and immunoprecipitates an 84-kDa protein from in vitro translations of total ADRV mRNA. In addition, the gene 4-encoded protein shares significant amino acid identity and similarity with the group A rotavirus VP4 protein. This information, together with our previous identification of an 84-kDa protein present on iodinated intact virion but not EDTA-treated ADRV, suggests that gene 4 encodes the VP4 protein equivalent present on the outer capsid of ADRV. The ADRV VP4 protein is also 58% identical to the IDIR rat group B rotavirus gene segment 3 protein. The substantial differences between these two group B VP4 proteins suggests that they are distantly related and likely to define two different group B rotavirus VP4 serotypes. The baculovirus-expressed VP4 protein should be useful for developing serotyping reagents and tests for human and animal group B rotaviruses as well as for addressing the role of VP4 in ADRV neutralization.
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PMCID: PMC237596  PMID: 8386274
2.  Serologic analysis of human rotavirus serotypes P1A and P2 by using monoclonal antibodies. 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  1993;31(3):622-628.
Three human rotavirus (HRV) VP4 serotypes and one subtype have been described on the basis of a fourfold or an eightfold-or-greater difference in neutralization titer when tested with hyperimmune antisera to recombinant VP4 or VP8* (serotypes P1A, P1B, P2, and P3). To start to analyze the antigenic basis underlying serotype specificity, we produced a library of 13 VP4-specific neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (NMAbs) to two HRVs, the serotype P1A strain Wa and the serotype P2 strain ST3, and characterized the reactivity of these NMAbs with a panel of serotypically diverse HRV strains by neutralization assay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). We characterized the serotypic specificity of the NMAbs by using a fourfold or an eightfold-or-greater difference in titer against the homologous (i.e., immunogen) and heterologous strains as a criterion for serotype. Some ST3-derived NMAbs reacted specifically with serotype P2 HRVs by ELISA and/or neutralization assay, while some Wa-derived NMAbs reacted specifically by ELISA and/or neutralization assay with some or all serotype P1A HRVs. Other Wa- and ST3-derived NMAbs reacted with some or all serotype P1A and P2 HRV strains by neutralization assay and ELISA. Most NMAbs did not react with serotype P1B or P3 strains. In previous studies, three distinct operationally defined epitopes have been identified on VP4 by examining the reactivity patterns of selected antigenic variants of HRV strain KU. At least one of the NMAbs described here recognizes an epitope unrelated to these previously identified epitopes, since it neutralized both KU and its variants.
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PMCID: PMC262831  PMID: 7681440

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