To assess the functional evolution of ZIKV, we have generated a library of infectious clones that span the recent ZIKV outbreak in the Americas. We have introduced mutations into the the Pariaba_01 strain to represent the 10 major American ZIKV clades which are defined by amino acid changes. We've also included three clades (also defined by amino acid changes) which pre-date the American outbreak. We will use replicative and competitive fitness assays in mosquitoes and various cell lines to map the phenotypes of these clones.
Phylogenetic tree of ZIKV samples in Asia and the Americas
Zika virus Infectious Clones
|Clade||ZIKV Genome Locus||Gene||AA location||Ancestor AA||Mutant AA||Comments|
|AM-B (Paraiba_01) No Changes|
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