VSV-ΔG-Luciferase Plasmid Expression Vector

The plasmid pVSV-ΔG-Luciferase encodes the antigenomic-sense (or positive-sense) RNA of a replicaton-restricted recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) in which the glycoprotein (G) gene has been replaced with firefly luciferase. This plasmid is used together with plasmids encoding the VSV nucleocapsid (N), phosphoprotein (P), glycoprotein (G), and large polymerase subunit (L) to recovery VSV-G pseudotyped ΔG- Luciferase virus as described in [1]. The antigenomic RNA of ΔG-Luciferase is expressed from the bacteriophage T7 promoter in pBS, which has been further modified to contain the hepatitis delta ribozyme used to generate a precise 3' end of the VSV antigenomic RNA and a T7 terminator sequence cloned between the SacII and SacI restriction sites in pBS-SK+ [2, 3].

Recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus-ΔG (rVSV-ΔG) has been used to produce VSV pseudotypes containing the envelope glycoproteins of heterologous viruses including viruses that require high-level containment. Since the infectivity of rVSV-ΔG is restricted to a single round of replication, analyses of viral entry can be performed using just biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) containment.

It is the responsibility of the principal investigator to seek Institutional Biosafety Safety Committee approval for recombinant DNA, transgenic animal or infectious agent use within their laboratory spaces and maintain an Institutional Biosafety Safety Committee approval during the time period these materials are used.

From the laboratory of Michael A. Whitt, Ph.D., University of Tennessee.

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pVSV-ΔG-Luciferase Plasmid Expression Vector
100uL (100ng/uL) In stock
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VSV-ΔG-Luciferase Plasmid Expression Vector System
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Product Type: Plasmid
Alternative Name(s): antigenomic-sense (or positive-sense) RNA of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) ΔG-Luciferase
Gene/insert name: ΔG-Luciferase
Antibiotic Resistance: Ampicillin or Kanamycin (please see vial label and packing slip)
Fusion Tag(s): luciferase
Concentration: 100uL (100ng/uL)
Grow in E. coli at 37 C: Yes
Cloning Site 5': 5' VSV sequence joined directly to T7 promoter
Cloning Site 3': 3' VSV sequence joined directly to HDV ribozyme
Insert Size: 11,352 bp
Vector Backbone and Size: pBS-SK-ΦT, 3105 bp
High or low copy: High
Comments: For suggested protocol, see: Whitt, MA, J. Virol. Methods, 2010. 169(2): p. 365-74.
Shipped: Ambient temperature


VSV recovery requires BHK-21 cells and T7 supplied by vaccinia virus infection. 


From the laboratory of Michael A. Whitt, Ph.D., University of Tennessee.
  1. Whitt, M.A., Generation of VSV pseudotypes using recombinant DeltaG-VSV for studies on virus entry, identification of entry inhibitors, and immune responses to vaccines. J. Virol. Methods, 2010. 169(2): p. 365-74.
  2. Lawson, N.D., et al., Recombinant vesicular stomatitis viruses from DNA. Proc.Natl.Acad.Sci.(USA), 1995. 92(10): p. 4477-4481.
  3. Stillman, E.A., J.K. Rose, and M.A. Whitt, Replication and amplification of novel vesicular stomatitis virus minigenomes encoding viral structural proteins. J. Virol., 1995. 69: p. 2946-2953.
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