A human cytomegalovirus mutant (TNsubIE2P) was constructed with alanine substitutions of four residues (T27, S144, T233, and S234) previously shown to be phosphorylated in the immediate-early 2 (IE2) protein. This mutant grew as well as the wild type at both low and high multiplicities of infection. The mutant activated the major immediate-early, UL4, and UL44 promoters to similar levels, and with similar kinetics, as wild-type virus. However, the TNsubIE2P mutant virus transactivated an endogenous simian virus 40 early promoter 4 h earlier and to higher levels than the wild-type virus in infected human fibroblasts. The modification of the IE2 protein by SUMO-1 (i.e., its sumoylated state) was also examined.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Insect Science