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Nuclear location of all three influenza polymerase proteins and a nuclear signal in polymerase PB2.

Authors
  • I M Jones
  • P A Reay
  • K L Philpott
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1986
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
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Abstract

In order to re-examine the sub-cellular location of the three influenza A/NT/60/68 polymerase proteins PB1, PB2 and PA in infected cells, specific antisera for each polymerase component have been prepared by immunizing rabbits with polymerase-beta-galactosidase fusion proteins synthesized in Escherichia coli. We show that polymerase PB1, PB2, and PA are predominantly associated with the nucleus of influenza-infected MDCK cells by immunocytochemical techniques. In the case of polymerase PB2 we investigate the possibility that nuclear accumulation is an intrinsic property of the PB2 protein. Using a vaccinia-PB2 recombinant virus, we show that PB2 accumulates intra-nuclearly in monkey CV-1 cells in the absence of any other influenza protein, suggesting it contains an intrinsic nuclear signal.

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