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The Membrane Fusion Activities of Native and Reconstituted Mumps and Sendai Viruses


Di Simone, Christopher (1992) The Membrane Fusion Activities of Native and Reconstituted Mumps and Sendai Viruses. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/rr73-5d56.


The structure and activities of whole and reconstituted Sendai and mumps viruses were examined using a number of physical and biological techniques: electron microscopy, photon correlation spectroscopy, perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, hemagglutination assays, plaque assays, fluorescence microscopy and fluorescent assays of membrane fusion. The fluorescent probe octadecyl rhodamine (RIB) was found to have a proximal transfer behavior which reduced usage of the probe as a membrane fusion indicator to short time periods. Simple bireactant and mass action kinetic models were sufficent to fit the data provided by the fluorescent assays on viral fusion with cell membranes. The reconstitution of mumps virus was optimized by using the detergent Triton X-IOO. Reconstituted virus envelopes which were the same size as whole virus and which were active in binding and fusing to cells were produced. The reconstituted Sendai and mumps virus accumulated in the reticuloendothelial system when injected into mice and hamsters, respectively. The kinetics of the membrane fusion activity of mumps with ghost erythrocytes and CV-I cells was measured and analysed. A general rate of reaction of 3 (±1) x 10^9 M^-l sec^-1 was found. The membrane fusion activity of reconstituted Sendai with HL60, U937, Cos, H9 and PBL cell lines was also measured and analyzed. The fusion activity was utilized to deliver plasmids for transfection to the interiors of the HL60 and Cos cells. Luciferase expression was found in the Cos cells but not in the HL60 cells. Loading of plasm ids into the vesicle interiors was enhanced by a factor of ten by complexing the DNA with the positive proteins polylysine, lysozyme and protamine.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Rossi, John
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:17 October 1991
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:09132011-085913260
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ID Code:6665
Deposited By: Dan Anguka
Deposited On:13 Sep 2011 17:45
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