Iris M McDougall

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Studies on the herpes simplex virus type 1 UL25-null mutant KUL25NS have shown that the capsid-associated UL25 protein is required at a late stage in the encapsidation of viral DNA. Our previous work on UL25 with the UL25 temperature-sensitive (ts) mutant ts1204 also implicated UL25 in a role at very early times in the virus growth cycle, possibly at the(More)
The scaffolding protein and associated protease of the human herpesvirus varicella-zoster virus (VZV), encoded by genes 33.5 and 33 respectively, were synthesized in insect cells using a baculovirus expression system. The expressed 33.5 product formed numerous long, flexible, hollow rods, and in this respect different from the herpes simplex virus type 1(More)
The role of the herpes simplex virus (HSV)-encoded ribonucleotide reductase (RR) in the pathogenicity of the virus has been examined by use of mutants with lesions in either the large or small subunit of the enzyme. The virulence of the mutants in mice was reduced by about 10(6)-fold when compared with that of the parental virus (HSV type 1 strain 17),(More)
Phenotypic analysis of the herpes simplex virus type 1 temperature-sensitive DNA-positive mutant, ts1233, revealed that the mutant had a structural defect at the nonpermissive temperature (NPT). Cells infected with ts1233 at the NPT contained large numbers of intermediate capsids, lacking dense cores but possessing some internal structure. No full capsids(More)
Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) polypeptides specified by overlapping genes UL26 and UL26.5 form a scaffold around which the icosahedral capsid shell is assembled. In a series of cleavage events catalysed by the UL26-encoded protease, the full-length UL26 product is processed into capsid proteins VP24 and VP21 and the UL26.5 protein is converted into(More)
We have isolated adenovirus origins of DNA replication from both the right and left ends of the genome, which are functional on linear autonomously replicating mini-chromosomes. The mini-chromosomes contain two cloned inverted adenovirus termini and require non-defective adenovirus as a helper. Replicated molecules are covalently attached to protein, and(More)
The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) temperature-sensitive (ts) mutant, ts1222, has a defect within the gene specifying the small subunit of ribonucleotide reductase. Sequence determination of the lesion revealed that the mutant DNA had a single base pair deletion at the 3' end of the gene. The mutation altered the translational reading frame such that(More)
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 assembly protein ICP35 consists of a family of polypeptides, ranging in molecular weight from about 45,000-39,000. The lower molecular weight forms of ICP35 are derived from the higher molecular weight species by slow post-translational modification. The reading frame of gene UL26 and the region within this gene which(More)
The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) polypeptides encoded by genes UL26 and UL26.5 are thought to form a scaffold around which the capsid shell assembles. The UL26 gene specifies a proteinase that cleaves both itself and the UL26.5 gene product. To study the structure and function of the UL26 and UL26.5 gene products, the proteins were expressed in cells(More)
The herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) scaffolding protein encoded by gene UL26.5 promotes the formation of the icosahedral capsid shell through its association with the major capsid protein VP5 and through intermolecular interactions with itself. Inside the capsid shell, the UL26.5 product together with the maturational protease, a minor protein, form a(More)