An efficient protocol for VZV BAC-based mutagenesis

Zhen Zhang, Ying Huang, Hua Zhu

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Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes both varicella (chicken pox) and herpes zoster (shingles). As a member of the human herpesvirus family, VZV contains a large 125-kb DNA genome, encoding 70 unique open reading frames (ORFs). The genetic study of VZV has been hindered by the large size of viral genome, and thus the functions of the majority of these ORFs remain unclear. Recently, an efficient protocol has been developed based on a luciferase-containing VZV bacteria artificial chromosome (BAC) system to rapidly isolate and study VZV ORF deletion mutants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIn Vitro Mutagenesis Protocols
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
EditorsBraman Jeff
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


  • Bacterial artificial chromosome
  • Bioluminescence
  • Deletion mutagenesis
  • Varicella-zoster virus

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