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Abstract

Although ORF23 is conserved among gammaherpesviruses, its role during infection is unknown. Here, we studied the expression of ORF23 of murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV-68) and its role during infection. ORF23 mRNA was detected in infected cells as a late transcript. The ORF23 protein product could be expressed and detected as an N-terminally FLAG-tagged protein by Western blot and indirect immunofluorescence. To investigate the role of ORF23 in the infection cycle of a gammaherpesvirus, we constructed an ORF23 deletion mutant of MHV-68. The analysis of the ORF23 deletion mutant suggested that ORF23 of MHV-68 is neither essential for replication in cell culture nor for lytic or latent infection . A phenotype of the ORF23 deletion mutant, reflected by a moderate reduction in lytic replication and latency amplification, was only detectable in the face of direct competition to the parental virus.

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