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Chromomycin A3 inhibits influenza a virus multiplication in chick embryo fibroblast cells.

Conti G, Portincasa P.

Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Parma, Italy.

The multiplication of Ulster 73 virus, an avian strain of type A influenza virus, was blocked in chick embryo fibroblast cells, CEF, by treatment with 0.5 microg/ml of chromomycin A3 whereas in LLC-MK2 cells no inhibition of replication was observed. Virus-induced polypeptide synthesis in chick embryo fibroblast cells was confined to the synthesis of PB2, PB1 and PA subunits of the RNA dependent-RNA polymerase, the nucleoprotein NP, the non-structural protein NS1, the haemagglutinin HA, the non-structural protein NS2; only the membrane M1 polypeptide synthesis was greatly inhibited. Viral unpolyadenylated cRNAs synthesis was studied at a late time of the infection, 8 hours p.i.: chromomycin A3 was able to inhibit the "novo" synthesis of complementary RNA poly(A)- and segment 7 of virion RNA. The mode of action of the drug in chick embryo fibroblast cells is discussed.

PMID: 12437217




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