Antigenic characterization of phocine distemper virus causing mass mortality in 2002 and its relationship to other morbilliviruses

Wohlsein, P.; Müller, G; Haas, L.; Siebert, U.; Harder, Timm C. GND; Baumgartner, W.

The antigenic relationship between the phocine distemper virus (PDV) strain causing the epidemic in 2002 and the PDV strain of 1988, canine distemper virus from two dogs and one marten, and one mea- sles virus strain was investigated in vivo and in vitro using monospecific polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies directed against five different proteins of canine or phocine distemper virus (N, P, M, F, H). Epitopic mapping revealed no difference between the PDV strains causing the epidemics in 1988 or 2002. However, the use of these antibodies allowed discrimination between different morbilliviruses including a vaccine strain of canine distemper virus. The major differences among the investigated mor- billiviruses were found in the H protein.

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Wohlsein, P. / Müller, G / Haas, L. / et al: Antigenic characterization of phocine distemper virus causing mass mortality in 2002 and its relationship to other morbilliviruses. 2007.

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