Viral particles purified from species of the protozoan parasite Leishmania braziliensis subsp. guyanensis by centrifugation in CsCl gradients were examined for the presence of viral polymerase. We demonstrated that RNA-dependent RNA polymerase is associated with viral particles. Viral transcription was studied in vitro with pulse-chase experiments and by assaying the RNase sensitivity of the viral transcripts. Viral polymerase synthesized full-length transcripts within 1 h. Double-stranded, genome-length, and single-stranded RNAs were produced in this system. The nature of the RNA extracted from virions was also tested by RNase protection assays; both single-stranded and double-stranded RNAs were found.
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- Insect Science