Identification of the Epstein-Barr virus gp85 gene

T. Heineman, M. Gong, J. Sample, E. Kieff

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The Epstein-Barr virus glycoprotein gp85 has been mapped to the Epstein-Barr virus DNA open reading frame BXLF2 (R. Baer, A. Bankier, M. Biggin, P. Deininger, P. Farrell, T. Gibson, G. Hatfull, G. Hudson, S. Stachwell, C. Sequin, P. Tufnell, and B. Barrell, Nature [London] 310:207-211, 1984). A gp85-specific monoclonal antibody reacts with the BXLF2 in vitro transcription-translation product. The monoclonal antibody also precipitates an 85-kilodalton protein from rodent cells transfected with the BXLF2 open reading frame DNA. In these cells, gp85 localizes to the cytoplasm and nuclear rim rather than to the plasma membrane as in lymphocytes. Northern (RNA) blot hybridization and analysis of a cDNA clone containing BXLF2 indicate that gp85 is translated from an unspliced, late, 2.5-kilobase transcript. Similarities between the predicted amino acid sequences of gp85 and herpes simplex virus gH (D. McGeoch and A. Davison, Nucleic Acids Res. 14:4281-4292, 1986) are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1101-1107
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology


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