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Vaccine. 2013 September 13; 31(40): 4330–4337. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2013.07.020.
DIVA (differentiating infected from vaccinated animals) vaccines have proven extremely useful for control and eradication of infectious diseases in livestock. We describe here the characterization of a serologic marker epitope, so-called epitope-M201, which can be a potential target for development of a live-attenuated DIVA vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). Epitope-M201 is located at the carboxyl terminus (residues 161-174) of the viral M protein. The epitope is highly immunodominant and well-conserved among type-II PRRSV isolates. Rabbit polyclonal antibodies prepared against this epitope are non-neutralizing; thus, the epitope does not seem to contribute to the protective immunity against PRRSV infection. Importantly, the immunogenicity of epitope-M201 can be disrupted through the introduction of a single amino acid mutation which does not adversely affect the viral replication. All together, our results provide an important starting point for the development of a liveattenuated DIVA vaccine against type-II PRRSV.
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