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A Poliovirus Temperature-Sensitive RNA Synthesis Mutant Located in a Noncoding Region of the Genome

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We have constructed an 8-base-pair insertion mutation in the 3' noncoding region of an infectious poliovirus cDNA clone that gives rise to a temperature-sensitive RNA synthesis mutant upon transfection into mammalian cells. The mutated cDNA was used to establish a cell line that releases the mutant poliovirus in a temperature-dependent fashion, representing a unique persistent viral infection. A poliovirus mutant mapping in the noncapsid region of the viral genome can be complemented in this cell line, implying that the cell line expresses viral proteins at the nonpermissive temperature.

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