We were interested in screening a series of isolates of the protozoan Leishmania for the presence of viruses. The experimental procedure we used was based on an enzymatic assay originally developed for viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases. Simultaneously, total promastigote nucleic acid preparations were analyzed for the presence of viral genome and/or transcripts. Two isolates, both classified as L. braziliensis guyanensis, were found to be positive for RNA polymerase activity and to carry a large (6 kilobases) RNA species. The polymerase reaction products hybridized to the 6-kilobase RNA, believed to be the viral genome. In conjunction with electron microscopical observations these results indicate the presence of an RNA virus in these Leishmania isolates.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1989|
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