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Characterization of pUL5, an HCMV protein interacting with the cellular protein IQGAP1

Among the Herpesviridae, human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) owns the largest genome and displays a huge coding potential. Here, we characterized the UL5 gene product (pUL5) of the clinical isolate TR strain. The protein was predicted as a 166-amino-acid membrane protein with a theoretical mass of 19 kDa. Recombinant virus expressing pUL5 with a tag allowed the identification of two pUL5 non-glycosylated species of approximately 19 and 9 kDa, expressed with early and late kinetic respectively. Experiments in infection confirmed that the lower molecular weight species was translated from an internal ATG in the UL5 open reading frame. Confocal microscopy analysis showed that pUL5 localized within the assembly compartment, but is not incorporated in the virion, as shown by Western blot on purified viral particles. Finally, pull-down experiments coupled with mass spectrometry analysis identified IQGAP1 as a pUL5 interactor, giving new hints on possible roles of pUL5 during HCMV infection.

Virology, 2019

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Type: Contributo in rivista ISI
Field of reference: Computer Science & Engineering

File: 1-s2.0-S0042682219303071-main.pdf

Activity: Biologia computazionale