We have previously reported the construction of a recombinant feline herpesvirus type 1 (FHV-1), designated C7301ddlTK-gag, expressing the Gag precursor protein of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In this study, we report the construction of a further recombinant FHV-1 (ddlTK(gBp)-gag) which carries an FHV-1 gB promoter sequence upstream of the FIV gag gene of C7301ddlTK-gag. Strong expression of the FIV Gag protein by ddlTK(gBp)-gag was confirmed by immunoblot analyses and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Although C7301ddlTK-gag and ddlTK(gBp)-gag failed to induce anti-FIV Gag antibodies in cats, we confirmed the infectivity and stability of these recombinants in cats.
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