The complete DNA sequence of Varicella-Zoster virus

Davison, A.J. and Scott, J.E. (1986) The complete DNA sequence of Varicella-Zoster virus. Journal of General Virology, 67(9), pp. 1759-1816. (doi: 10.1099/0022-1317-67-9-1759)

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The entire DNA sequence of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) was determined using the M13-dideoxynucleotide technology. The genome is variable in size, but the sequence which was obtained comprises 124884 bp. Analysis of the sequence indicated that the genome contains 70 genes distributed about equally between the two DNA strands. The genes are organized compactly, but regions of overlap between protein-coding regions are not extensive. Many of the genes are arranged in 3′-coterminal families, and at least one is spliced. The discerned organization of VZV genes and that deduced for herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) from published transcript mapping data indicate that these two members of the Alphaherpesvirinae are very similar in gene layout. Comparisons of the predicted amino acid sequences of VZV proteins with those available for HSV-1 proteins generally suggest evolution from an ancestral genome, and allow the functions of several VZV genes to be deduced, although limited regions where the genomes differ in functional organization were also identified.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davison, Professor Andrew and Scott, Mr Jim
Authors: Davison, A.J., and Scott, J.E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Journal of General Virology
Journal Abbr.:J. Gen. Virol.
Publisher:Society for General Microbiology
ISSN (Online):1465-2099

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