Tegument proteins of Epstein-Barr virus: Diverse functions, complex networks, and oncogenesis

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The tegument is the structure between the envelope and nucleocapsid of herpesvirus particles. Viral (and cellular) proteins accumulate to create the layers of the tegument. Some Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) tegument proteins are conserved widely in Herpesviridae, but others are shared only by members of the gamma-herpesvirus subfamily. As the interface to envelope and nucleocapsid, the tegument functions in virion morphogenesis and budding of the nucleocapsid during progeny production. When a virus particle enters a cell, enzymes such as kinase and deubiquitinase, and transcriptional activators are released from the virion to promote virus infection. Moreover, some EBV tegument proteins are involved in oncogenesis. Here, we summarize the roles of EBV tegument proteins, in comparison to those of other herpesviruses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number200260
JournalTumour Virus Research
Publication statusPublished - 06-2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Cancer Research


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