We describe retrovirus particles carrying the fowl plague virus (FPV) hemagglutinin (HA). When expressed in cells providing Moloney murine leukemia virus (MoMLV) Gag and Pol proteins and a lacZ retroviral vector, FPV HA was found to be efficiently expressed, correctly processed, and stably incorporated into retroviral particles. HA-bearing retroviruses were infectious with a wide host range and were only 10-fold less infectious than retroviruses carrying wild-type MLV retroviral envelopes. We also coexpressed HA proteins in retroviral particles with chimeric MoMLV-derived envelope glycoproteins that efficiently retarget virus attachment but are only weakly fusogenic. Our results suggest that HA can in some cases enhance the fusion ability of these retroviral particles, depending on the cell surface molecule that is used as a receptor.
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- Insect Science