Maria S. Collins

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The amino acid sequence at the F2/F1 cleavage site of the F0 fusion protein of 17 strains of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) was deduced from sequencing a 32 nucleotide area of the genome by reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques. With the addition of sequences at the same area previously published for 9 other viruses comparisons(More)
Hybridisation of PCR fragments with fluorogenic probes specific for pathotype allowed an estimation of pathogenicity of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) isolates using a modified TaqMan procedure. Six probes were used, designed to recognise nucleotide sequences in the fusion protein gene sequence corresponding to the precursor protein F0 cleavage site of both(More)
The nucleotide sequences of the entire F genes of two isolates of the pigeon PMV-1 (PPMV-1) variant of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) were determined using RTPCR. The deduced amino acid sequences of the F0 protein showed four differences between isolate 760/83 which had been passaged 4 times in chickens and gave an intravenous pathogenicity index in chickens(More)
Antigenic and genetic analyses of viruses from the 11 outbreaks of Newcastle disease in Great Britain, 12 of the outbreaks in Northern Ireland and the single outbreak in the Republic of Ireland which occurred in 1997, indicated that they were all essentially similar. In addition, the viruses from the British Isles were very similar to viruses isolated from(More)
The amino acid sequence at the F2/F1 cleavage site was determined for 15 strains of the so-called pigeon PMV-1 (PPMV-1) variant of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) which showed close antigenic identity, determined by their reactions with a panel of 28 monoclonal antibodies, but considerable variation in their pathogenicity for chickens. Thirteen of the(More)
Newcastle disease (ND) virus (APMV-1) isolates submitted to the International Reference Laboratory for ND were characterised antigenically by their ability to cause binding of mouse monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to cell cultures infected with the isolate. Since the availability of the mAbs 1526 viruses have been examined using a panel of nine mAbs and 818(More)
Antigenic characterisation of two highly virulent virus isolates from outbreaks of Newcastle disease on two closely connected farms in County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland, in 1990 showed the viruses to be indistinguishable but unlike other Newcastle disease viruses so far tested. However, they appeared to be antigenically closest to avirulent viruses(More)
A total of 106 Newcastle disease viruses submitted to the International Reference Laboratory at the Central Veterinary Laboratory, Weybridge from field investigations in 15 different countries was characterised using pathogenicity index tests in chickens and mouse monoclonal antibodies raised against NDV-Ulster 2C (Russell and Alexander, Archives of(More)
A virulent Newcastle disease virus (NDV) isolate, 34/90, reported to show considerable antigenic diversity from more classical strains of NDV, including vaccine strains, was evaluated phylogenetically and for the presence of neutralizing epitopes on the fusion protein. Comparison of a 309 nucleotide sequence of the fusion protein gene of 34/90 with other(More)