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    Function of ankyrin repeat proteins in cowpox virus (CPXV)

    Projektbeschreibung:

    Ankyrin repeat proteins (ARPs) are common in eukaryotic cells and mainly mediate protein-protein interactions. Some of the ARPs in poxviruses also contain an additional degradation. Modified vaccine virus Ankara (MVA) only specifies one ARP that is encoded by gene 186R and is essential for completion of the viral life cycle in mammalian cells. Sequence analysis predicts that CPXV specifies three ARPs that share high sequence similarity, one of which is called BR211 and represents the orthologue of MVA 186R. We hypothesize that the three ARPs BR006, BR211 and BR220 confer transition into the post-replicative phase of CPXV but that each does so in different sets of host cells. We further surmise that the three CPXV ARPs retarget cellular and viral replication. We will test our hypothesis by two specific aims: 1) Cell- type specific complementation of the deletion of all BR211-like ARPs in CPXV or MVA. 2) Identification of BR211-interacting proteins in different phases of CPXV replication.

    Projektleitung: Dr. Karsten Tischer, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Osterrieder
    Eintragende Einrichtung: Institut für Virologie
    Projektlaufzeit: 01.11.2010 bis 31.10.2013
    Projekttyp: Forschungsprojekt
    Mittelgeber: DFG - Sachbeihilfe