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The herpes simplex virus triplex protein, VP23, exists as a molten globule

Kirkitadze, M.D., Barlow, P.N., Price, N.C., Kelly, S.M., Boutell, C.J., Rixon, F.J., and McClelland, D.A. (1998) The herpes simplex virus triplex protein, VP23, exists as a molten globule. Journal of Virology, 72 (12). pp. 10066-10072. ISSN 0022-538X

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Abstract

Two proteins, VP19C (50,260 Da) and VP23 (34,268 Da), make up the triplexes which connect adjacent hexons and pentons in the herpes simplex virus type 1 capsid. VP23 was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity by Ni-agarose affinity chromatography. In vitro capsid assembly experiments demonstrated that the purified protein was functionally active. Its physical status was examined by differential scanning calorimetry, ultracentrifugation, size exclusion chromatography, circular dichroism, fluorescence spectroscopy, and 8-anilino-1-naphthalene sulfonate binding studies. These studies established that the bacterially expressed VP23 exhibits properties consistent with its being in a partially folded, molten globule state. We propose that the molten globule represents a functionally relevant intermediate which is necessary to allow VP23 to undergo interaction with VP19C in the process of capsid assembly.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Price, Prof Nicholas and Kelly, Dr Sharon and Rixon, Dr Frazer and Boutell, Dr Chris
Authors: Kirkitadze, M.D., Barlow, P.N., Price, N.C., Kelly, S.M., Boutell, C.J., Rixon, F.J., and McClelland, D.A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation > Centre for Virus Research
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology > Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Virology
Journal Abbr.:J. Virol.
ISSN:0022-538X
ISSN (Online):1098-5514

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