An immunological analysis of Ty1 virus-like particle structure.
Brookman JL., Stott AJ., Cheeseman PJ., Burns NR., Adams SE., Kingsman AJ., Gull K.
We present an immunological characterization of the Ty1 virus-like particle (VLP). A panel of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies were raised against the TYA particle-forming protein. Using these antibodies in epitope availability assays two N-terminal regions of the TYA protein were mapped projecting from or at the surface of the proteinaceous shell of the VLP. Two different C-termini of the TYA protein, corresponding to the C-terminus of the full-length and truncated forms, were seen to be buried within the particle core and not available for antibody binding. RNase accessibility studies demonstrated a difference in the porosity of the protein shell surrounding the Ty1 nucleic acid between different particle types, suggesting differences in subunit organization.