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Abstract

Herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) establishes a persistent infection in which the viral genome persists as a circular non-integrated episome. ORF73 tethers HVS episomes to host mitotic chromosomes, allowing episomal persistence via an interaction with the chromosome-associated protein, MeCP2. Here we demonstrate that ORF73 also interacts with the linker histone H1 via its C terminus, suggesting it associates with multiple chromosome-associated proteins. In addition, we show that the C terminus is also required for the ability of ORF73 to bind the terminal repeat region of the HVS genome. These results suggest that the ORF73 C terminus contains all the necessary elements required for HVS episomal persistence. Using a range of ORF73 C terminus deletions to rescue the episomal maintenance properties of a HVSΔ73 recombinant virus, we show that a C terminus region comprising residues 285–407 is sufficient to maintain the HVS episome in a dividing cell population.

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