Title

The base composition of entomopoxvirus DNA

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Virology

Volume

76

Issue

2

Publication Date

2-1-1977

First Page

616

Last Page

620

DOI

10.1016/0042-6822(77)90243-4

Abstract

Equilibrium centrifugation of entomopoxvirus DNAs from Lepidoptera (Amsacta moorei, Euxoa auxiliaris), Coleoptera (Othnonius batesi), and Diptera [Chironomus near decorus ( = attenuatus)], ans vertebrate proxvirus DNA (vaccinia, IHD-D) in cesium chloride gradients gave buoyant density values of 1.690 g/ml for vaccinia DNA and 1.676 to 1.681 g/ml for the entomopoxvirus DNAs. The molar fraction of guanine and cytosine (G+C) calculated from the buoyant density of entomopoxvirus DNA was 30 to 48% lower than the G+C values for vaccinia DNA. Thermal denaturation studies (Tm) of entomopoxvirus DNA confirmed the low G+C values and established that these DNAs were double-stranded in vitro. DNA base ratios calculated on the basis of buoyant density and Tm indicate that there are no abnormal bases present in the entomopoxvirus genome.

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