Determination of spontaneous mutation frequencies in measles virus under nonselective conditions.

There is a paradox between the remarkable genetic stability of measles virus (MV) in the field and the high mutation rates implied by the frequency of the appearance of monoclonal antibody escape mutants generated when the virus is pressured to revert in vitro (S. J. Schrag, P. A. Rota, and W. J. Bellini, J. Virol. 73:51-54, 1999). We established a highly… (More)