Laura Tarrago-Litvak

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The oligomeric state of active human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) integrase (IN) has not been clearly elucidated. We analyzed the activity of the different purified oligomeric forms of recombinant IN obtained after stabilization by platinum crosslinking. The crosslinked tetramer isolated by gel chromatography was able to catalyze the full-site(More)
HIV-1 integrase (IN) catalyses integration of a DNA copy of the viral genome into the host genome. Specific interactions between retroviral IN and long terminal repeats (LTR) are required for this insertion. To characterize quantitatively the influence of the determinants of DNA substrate specificity on the oligomerization status of IN, we used the(More)
Human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2) reverse transcription is initiated from cellular tRNA(Lys3) partially annealed to the RNA viral genome at the primer binding site (PBS). This annealing involves interactions between two highly structured RNA molecules. In contrast to HIV-1, in which the reverse transcription initiation complex has been thoroughly(More)
Moloney murine leukemia virus (M-MuLV) integrase (IN) catalyses the insertion of the viral genome into the host chromosomal DNA. The limited solubility of the recombinant protein produced in Escherichia coli led the authors to explore the use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae for expression of M-MuLV IN. IN was expressed in yeast and purified by chromatography on(More)
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