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Abstract

Differentially processed human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) UL37 RNAs encode biologically significant proteins. Due to the recent discovery of alternative UL37 exon 3 (UL37x3) splice donors, permissively infected cells were thoroughly examined for additional alternatively spliced UL37 RNAs. Newly described donors within UL37 exon 1 (nt 52520) and intron 1 (nt 52209) as well as UL37x3 di (nt 50770) and dii (nt 50782) were differentially spliced to known downstream UL37 acceptors. The alternatively spliced UL37, UL37, UL37 and UL37d RNAs predictably encode proteins of 83, 163, 217 and 213 residues, respectively, which share UL37x1 N-terminal sequences but differ downstream in their C termini. Moreover, temporal expression of the alternatively spliced UL37 RNAs differs during HCMV infection. The complexity of UL37 pre-mRNA processing is evidenced by the detection of 11 UL37 spliced and unspliced UL37x1 RNAs in HCMV-infected cells. Based upon these data, a revised HCMV UL37 gene map is presented, which incorporates all RNA species detected during permissive infection.

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