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Volume 8, Number 12—December 2002

Dispatch

New Variant of Varicella-Zoster Virus

Graham A. Tipples*Comments to Author , Gwen M. Stephens†, Chris Sherlock†, Margrit Bowler†, Benny Hoy‡, Darrel Cook‡, and Charles Grose§
Author affiliations: *National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; †St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; ‡British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; §University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA;

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Amino acid sequences of VZV strains Dumas, MSP and BC in the 3B3 monoclonal antibody epitopea

Codon
150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161
Dumas D Q R Q Y G D V F K G D
VZV-MSP N Q R Q Y G D V F K G D
VZV-BC N Q R Q Y G D V F K G D

aVZV-BC, varicella-zoster virus found in British Columbia; VZV-MSP, varicella-zoster virus glycoprotein E mutant virus.

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