Dandapani Rangasamy

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Papillomavirus E1 protein is the replication initiator that recognizes and binds to the viral origin and initiates DNA strand separation through its ATP-dependent helicase activity. The E1 protein also functions in viral DNA replication by recruiting several cellular proteins to the origin, including host DNA polymerase alpha and replication protein A. To(More)
A novel host cell posttranslational modification system, termed sumoylation, has recently been characterized. Sumoylation is an enzymatic process that is biochemically analogous to, but functionally distinct from, ubiquitinylation. As in ubiquitinylation, sumoylation involves the covalent attachment of a small protein moiety, SUMO, to substrate proteins.(More)
The E1 proteins are the essential origin recognition proteins for papillomavirus (PV) replication. E1 proteins bind to specific DNA elements in the viral origin of replication and assemble into hexameric helicases with the aid of a second viral protein, E2. The resultant helicase complex initiates origin DNA unwinding to provide the template for subsequent(More)
The E1 protein is a multifunctional, origin-binding helicase that is essential for replication of papillomaviruses. Recently, bovine papillomavirus E1 was shown to be post-translationally modified by the addition of the SUMO-1 polypeptide. Here we show that the site of sumoylation maps to lysine residue 514. This lysine and the flanking sequences are well(More)
The interaction between papillomavirus E1 and E2 proteins is essential for viral genome replication. Using both in vivo and in vitro assays to evaluate the regions of the two proteins necessary for the E1-E2 interaction, three independent interactions were identified for bovine papillomavirus E1: the N terminus of E1 (E1N, residues 1-311) interacts with the(More)
Bovine papillomavirus type 1 (BPV-1) requires viral proteins E1 and E2 for efficient DNA replication in host cells. E1 functions at the BPV origin as an ATP-dependent helicase during replication initiation. Previously, we used alanine mutagenesis to identify two hydrophilic regions of the E1 DNA binding domain (E1DBD), HR1 (E1(179-191)) and HR3(More)
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