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help on virus isoelectric points

Oberste oberste at fcs260c.ncifcrf.gov
Tue Aug 29 09:33:43 EST 1995

Keith, Greg, et al.:
Column chromatography was used in the 1970s to try to characterize the
surface properties of alphaviruses, and in particular, strains of
Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEE).  One of the goals of the VEE
work was to develop lab methods to predict virus phenotype, eg. equine
virulence.  Jahrling and Eddy (Am. J. Epidemiol. 106:408-417, 1977) used
hydroxylapatite as the matrix for separating VEE strains basically along
the lines of kinetic HI subtype.  I don't see why the basic technique couldn't
be applied to other viruses and other matrices, keeping in mind virus
stability and the potential to shed the envelope, as Greg pointed out.


In article <199508231329.XAA20803 at budapest.ozonline.com.au> keiths at ozonline.com.au (Keith Stuckly) writes:
>Greg Tobin replied to my posting requesting info on virus isoelectric point:
>>Your post interested me.  I didn't think it was possible to purify
>>viruses on columns as the outermost proteins would be interactive
>>with the resins and they could have different properties.  I would
>>suppose that column purification would strip the glycoproteins and
>>render the virus noninfectous.  But, I would like to know if you get <snip>
>Thanks for reply. In fact I am not trying to purify virus by this method,
>only trying to follow where it goes (partitions). What proportion of the
>introduced virus 'sticks' to the column matrix (if any) and what proportion
>Our company produces blood products from pooled plasma, chromatography
>columns being essential steps in some of our product manufacture. Virus
>Inactivation steps are always included in the manufacture of these products,
>but the regulatory authorities also require very tricky data about where
>potentially contaminating virus goes, in particular can these viruses build
>up in the column matrix and suddenly be voided into a batch of product (some
>columns are re-used >40 times before re-generation and sanitation).
>So, knowlegde of virus isoelectric points would be very useful information.
>However trying to find such information is very difficult, as isoelectric
>point info on viruses may be too obscure to be useful for anything.
>Anybody else ever heard of such information being available?
>I suspected this would baffle people!
>Keith Stuckly
>CSL Ltd
>Melbourne Australia

M. Steven Oberste, Ph.D.                   oberste at ncifcrf.gov
Virology Division, USAMRIID
MCMR-UIV-B, Bldg. 1425, Ft. Detrick
Frederick, MD 21702-5011

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