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See detailTemperature-sensitive mutant in the vaccinia virus E6 protein produce virions that are transcriptionally inactive.
Boyd, Olga UL; Strahl, Audra L.; Rodeffer, Carson et al

in Virology (2010), 399(2), 221-30

The vaccinia virus E6R gene encodes a late protein that is packaged into virion cores. A temperature-sensitive mutant was used to study the role of this protein in viral replicative cycle. Cts52 has a ... [more ▼]

The vaccinia virus E6R gene encodes a late protein that is packaged into virion cores. A temperature-sensitive mutant was used to study the role of this protein in viral replicative cycle. Cts52 has a P226L missense mutation in the E6R gene, shows a two-log reduction in plaque formation, but displays normal patterns of gene expression, late protein processing and DNA replication during infection. Mutant virions produced at 40 degrees C were similar in their morphology to wt virions grown at 40 degrees C. The particle to infectivity ratio was 50 times higher in purified Cts52 grown at 40 degrees C when compared to the mutant grown at permissive temperature. In vitro characterization of Cts-52 particles grown at 40 degrees C revealed no differences in protein composition or in DNA content and the mutant virions could bind and enter cells. However, core particles prepared from Cts52 grown at 40 degrees C failed to transcribe in vitro. Our results show that E6 in the virion has either a direct or an indirect role in viral transcription. [less ▲]

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