Interaction between basic residues of epstein-barr virus EBNA1 protein and cellular chromatin mediates viral plasmid maintenance

Teru Kanda, Naoki Horikoshi, Takayuki Murata, Daisuke Kawashima, Atsuko Sugimoto, Yohei Narita, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Tatsuya Tsurumi

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Background: Epstein-Barr virus episomes piggyback onto cellular chromosomes in latently infected cells. Results: EBNA1 was functionally sound even when arginines within its chromosome binding domains were replaced with lysines. Conclusion: The basic nature of the domains is critically important for the chromosome binding. Significance: Learning how EBNA1 attaches to chromosomes is crucial for understanding the mechanism of stable maintenance of viral episomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24189-24199
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 16-08-2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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