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posted on 25.05.2022, 05:11 authored by Nandita Kedia, Saptarshi Banerjee, Arindam Mondal

The mini-genome reporter assay is a key tool for conducting RNA virus research. However, procedural complications and the lack of adequate literature pose a major challenge in developing these assay systems. Here, we present a novel, yet generic and simple, cloning strategy for the construction of an influenza B virus reporter RNA template and describe an extensive standardization of the reporter RNP/polymerase activity assay for monitoring viral RNA synthesis in an infection-free setting. Using this assay system, we showed for the first time the effect of viral protein NS1 and host protein kinase C delta (PKCD) on influenza B virus RNA synthesis. In addition, the assay system showed promising results in evaluating the efficacy of antiviral drugs targeting viral RNA synthesis and virus propagation. Together, this work offers a detailed protocol for the standardization of the influenza virus minigenome assay and an excellent tool for screening of host factors and antivirals in a fast, user-friendly, and high-throughput manner.

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