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Effects of phosphorylation of herpes simplex virus 1 envelope glycoprotein B by Us3 kinase in vivo and in vitro.

Authors
  • Imai, Takahiko
  • Sagou, Ken
  • Arii, Jun
  • Kawaguchi, Yasushi
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Virology
Publisher
American Society for Microbiology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
84
Issue
1
Pages
153–162
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01447-09
PMID: 19846518
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We recently reported that the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) Us3 protein kinase phosphorylates threonine at position 887 (Thr-887) in the cytoplasmic tail of envelope glycoprotein B (gB) (A. Kato, J. Arii, I. Shiratori, H. Akashi, H. Arase, and Y. Kawaguchi, J. Virol. 83:250-261, 2009; T. Wisner, C. C. Wright, A. Kato, Y. Kawaguchi, F. Mou, J. D. Baines, R. J. Roller and D. C. Johnson, J. Virol. 83:3115-3126, 2009). In the studies reported here, we examined the effect(s) of this phosphorylation on viral replication and pathogenesis in vivo and present data showing that replacement of gB Thr-887 by alanine significantly reduced viral replication in the mouse cornea and development of herpes stroma keratitis and periocular skin disease in mice. The same effects have been reported for mice infected with a recombinant HSV-1 carrying a kinase-inactive mutant of Us3. These observations suggested that Us3 phosphorylation of gB Thr-887 played a critical role in viral replication in vivo and in HSV-1 pathogenesis. In addition, we generated a monoclonal antibody that specifically reacted with phosphorylated gB Thr-887 and used this antibody to show that Us3 phosphorylation of gB Thr-887 regulated subcellular localization of gB, particularly on the cell surface of infected cells.

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