Alexandra Dittmer

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The gene PIG3 is induced by the tumor suppressor p53 but not by p53 mutants unable to induce apoptosis, suggesting its involvement in p53-mediated cell death. Here we show that p53 directly binds and activates the PIG3 promoter, but not through the previously described DNA element. Instead, p53 interacts with a pentanucleotide microsatellite sequence within(More)
Herpesvirus DNA replication leads to unit length genomes that are translocated into preformed procapsids through a unique portal vertex. The translocation is performed by the terminase that cleaves the DNA and powers the insertion by its ATPase activity. Recently, we demonstrated that the putative human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) portal protein, pUL104, also(More)
In this report we analyze the UL104 open reading frame of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) genome that encodes the putative portal protein. An affinity-purified monospecific antiserum directed against a GST-UL104 fusion protein identified proteins of approximate M(r) 73000 and 145000 in HCMV-infected cells and purified virions. Furthermore, using an in vitro(More)
To clearly demonstrate the role of the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) portal protein pUL104 RNA interference was applied. Expressing cell lines were constructed by transduction of shRNAs via the infection with retroviral vectors. After infection of these cells with HCMV AD169 the expression of pUL104 was reduced up to 80% for shRNA S1 and 54% for shRNA S2 at(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) UL77 gene encodes the essential protein UL77, its function is characterized in the present study. Immunoprecipitation identified monomeric and oligomeric pUL77 in HCMV infected cells. Immunostaining of purified virions and subviral fractions showed that pUL77 is a structural protein associated with capsids. In silico analysis(More)
In order for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) to replicate, concatemeric DNA has to be cleaved into unit-length genomes and packaged into preformed capsids. For packaging to take place and DNA to be translocated, a channel is required in the capsid. Viral capsid channels are generally formed by portal proteins. Here, we show by cross-linking, native gel(More)
One goal of virus infection is to reprogramme the host cell to optimize virus replication. As part of this process, viral microRNAs (miRNAs) may compete for components of the miRNA/small interfering RNA pathway, as well as regulate cellular targets. Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) has been described to generate large numbers of viral miRNAs during lytic(More)
BACKGROUND Benzimidazole D-ribonucleosides are potent and selective inhibitors of CMV infection that have been shown to target the viral terminase, the enzyme complex responsible for viral DNA cleavage into single unit-length genomes and subsequent DNA packaging into procapsids. Here, we evaluated the viral inhibition by benzimidazole D-ribonucleosides(More)
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