Project Number: 3635-32000-016-03-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Feb 1, 2010
End Date: Dec 15, 2013
As described in USDA AFRI-funded grant where Dr. Niikura is a co-PI, we will: 1. Identify and correlate specific genetic and functional changes in the MDV genome that occur during the in vitro attenuation process with virulence. 2. Confirmation of the relevance of the data obtained in objective 1 to the attenuation process.
With respect to Objective 1, we will: 1. Serially passed BAC-cloned Marek’s disease virus (MDV) Md5 strain in triplicate and test for virulence. 2. Characterize genetic changes in the MDV genome using next generation sequencing, and correlate the allele frequency results with the level of virulence. 3. Characterize sequence changes that occur during the attention process using next generation sequencing, and correlate the expression differences with the level of virulence. 4. Determine SNP allele frequencies in MD vaccines. With respect to Objective 2, we will: 1. Validate changes identified in objective 1 but introducing defined mutations in our MDV-BAC clone.