Christopher W. Lehman

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Eukaryotic viruses can maintain latency in dividing cells as extrachromosomal nuclear plasmids. Segregation and nuclear retention of DNA is, therefore, a key issue in retaining copy number. The E2 enhancer protein of the papillomaviruses is required for viral DNA replication and transcription. Viral mutants that prevent phosphorylation of the bovine(More)
Papillomavirus DNA persists in infected cells as a nuclear plasmid, causing epithelial lesions in many hosts, including humans. The viral protein E2 is required for both replication and transcription to facilitate this persistence. Bovine papillomavirus E2 protein is phosphorylated at two predominant sites. Phosphorylation of one of these sites (serine 301)(More)
Papillomaviruses establish a long-term latency in vivo by maintaining their genomes as nuclear plasmids in proliferating cells. Bovine papillomavirus type 1 encodes two proteins required for viral DNA replication: the helicase E1 and the positive regulator E2. The homodimeric E2 is known to cooperatively bind to DNA with E1 to form a preinitiation complex(More)
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