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Abstract

The UL69 protein of human cytomegalovirus is a multifunctional regulatory protein that has counterparts in all herpesviruses. Some of these proteins have been shown to function primarily at the post-transcriptional level in promoting nuclear export of viral transcripts. Consistently, this group has reported recently that pUL69 is an RNA-binding, nucleocytoplasmic shuttling protein that facilitates the cytoplasmic accumulation of unspliced mRNA via its interaction with the cellular mRNA export factor UAP56. Evidence has been presented to suggest that some of the pUL69 homologues self-interact and function as multimers. Herein, the possibility of pUL69 self-association was examined and it has been demonstrated that pUL69 can interact with itself and in order to form high-molecular-mass complexes. The self-interaction domain within pUL69 was mapped to a central domain of this viral protein that is conserved within the homologous proteins of other herpesviruses, suggesting that multimerization is a conserved feature of this protein family.

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