☆DNA assembly technique simplifies the construction of infectious clone of fowl adenovirus

Publication date: July 2018
Source:Journal of Virological Methods, Volume 257
Author(s): Xiao-Hui Zou, Zhi-Xiang Bi, Xiao-Juan Guo, Zun Zhang, Yang Zhao, Min Wang, Ya-Lu Zhu, Hong-Ying Jie, Yang Yu, Tao Hung, Zhuo-Zhuang Lu
Plasmid bearing adenovirus genome is generally constructed with the method of homologous recombination in E. coli BJ5183 strain. Here, we utilized Gibson gene assembly technique to generate infectious clone of fowl adenovirus 4 (FAdV-4). Primers flanked with partial inverted terminal repeat (ITR) sequence of FAdV-4 were synthesized to amplify a plasmid backbone containing kanamycin-resistant gene and pBR322 origin (KAN-ORI). DNA assembly was carried out by combining the KAN-ORI fragment, virus genomic DNA and DNA assembly master mix. E. coli competent cells were transformed with the assembled product, and plasmids (pKFAV4) were extracted and confirmed to contain viral genome by restriction analysis and sequencing. Virus was successfully rescued from linear pKFAV4-transfected chicken LMH cells. This approach was further verified in cloning of human adenovirus 5 genome. Our results indicated that DNA assembly technique simplified the construction of infectious clone of adenovirus, suggesting its possible application in virus traditional or reverse genetics.