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Persistent infection of C3H/St mice with certain strains of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) causes a growth hormone (GH) deficiency syndrome (GHDS) manifested as growth retardation and hypoglycemia. Infected mice show high levels of viral replication in the GH-producing cells in the anterior pituitary leading to decreased synthesis of GH mRNA and protein despite the absence of detectable virus-induced cell structural damage. Virus clones isolated from the GHDS-negative LCMV WE strain can cause the disease, while others cannot. The genetic basis of this phenotypic difference is a nucleotide substitution resulting in a single amino acid difference in the viral glycoprotein. Reassortant studies indicate that the single amino acid substitution (Ser-153 to Phe) is sufficient to allow infection of the GH-producing cells and cause GHDS. These results show that a single change in the genome can affect viral pathogenicity by altering the tropism of the virus.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Virol

Publication Date

12/1996

Volume

70

Pages

8438 - 8443

Keywords

Animals, Cell Line, Cricetinae, Genetic Variation, Glycoproteins, Growth Disorders, Hypoglycemia, Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, Mice, Mice, Inbred C3H, Phenylalanine, Reassortant Viruses, Serine, Syndrome, Viral Proteins