An established cell line transformed by herpes simplex virus type 2 and derived from hamster tumors contained herpesvirus specific intracellular and surface antigens in some 2-5% of cells but did not produce infectious virus. Arginine deprivation resulted in induction of virus specific intracellular and surface antigens in 70-75% and about 40% of cells respectively, while no infectious virus was induced. After treatment of the cultures with IUDR, 70-75% of the cells showed virus specific intracellular fluorescence and 45-50% exhibited cell membrane fluorescence, and infectious virus could be detected. Induction by IUDR could be inhibited by simultaneous treatment of cultures with cytosine arabinoside.
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- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology