L. S. Sandakhchiev

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Monkeypox virus (MPV) belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus of the family Poxviridae, is endemic in parts of Africa, and causes a human disease that resembles smallpox. The 196,858-bp MPV genome was analyzed with regard to structural features and open reading frames. Each end of the genome contains an identical but oppositely oriented 6379-bp terminal inverted(More)
Monkeypox virus (MPV) causes a human disease which resembles smallpox but with a lower person-to-person transmission rate. To determine the genetic relationship between the orthopoxviruses causing these two diseases, we sequenced the 197-kb genome of MPV isolated from a patient during a large human monkeypox outbreak in Zaire in 1996. The nucleotide(More)
Variola virus (VAR) belonging to the family Poxviridae causes smallpox, one of the most hazardous human diseases. It is known that VAR strains of different geographic origin may cause forms of disease differing in severity and progress. The forms of variola with mild clinical manifestations are traditionally termed variola minor; and those with severe(More)
Eight specific antibodies to live variola virus (VV), Ind-3a strain, and 7 antibodies to VV, Butler strain, were selected from the synthetic combinatorial phage display library on single-chain (scFv) human antibodies. Indirect solid-phase enzyme immunoassay showed the ability of these antibodies to bind the VV strains Ind-3a, Butler, Brazil-131, Kuw-5, and(More)
The complete genetic map of the variola major virus strain India-1967 is built basing on the sequence data. The suggested map is compared with the maps of the sequenced genomic regions of Copenhagen and Western Reserve strains of vaccinia virus and Harvey strain of variola major virus. The principle differences revealed in the genomic organization of these(More)
Phage display was used to obtain peptides mimicking a HIV-1 gp41 conserved epitope recognized by virus-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (MCA) 2F5. Rabbits and mice were immunized with the peptides exposed on the surface of filamentous bacteriophages. Antibodies to gp41 were detected in the sera of immunized animals. The virus-neutralizing activity of the(More)
A phage peptide library was used to select peptides interacting with virus-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAb) 2G12 which recognize a discontinuous surface epitope of HIV-1 gp120. With the published X-ray data, gp120 regions involved in the antigenic determinant were predicted. Binding with mAb 2G12 was ascribed to Thr297, Phe383, Tyr384, Arg419,(More)