Lisa Wiklund

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We have analysed hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNAs in an in vitro RNA degradation assay. We found that the 3' end of positive polarity HCV RNA is sensitive to cytosolic RNases whereas the 3' end of negative polarity HCV RNA is relatively stable. Interaction of the HCV 3' untranslated region with the cellular La protein prevented premature degradation of the HCV(More)
To identify cellular factors that interact with hepatitis C virus RNA, cellular extracts were subjected to UV cross-linking to radiolabeled RNAs corresponding to the hepatitis C virus 5' and 3' untranslated regions of positive and negative polarities. Our results demonstrate that the U-rich region of the hepatitis C virus 3' untranslated region of the(More)
The human papillomavirus type 1 (HPV-1) late mRNAs contain a 57-nucleotide adenosine- and uridine-rich RNA instability element termed h1ARE in their late 3' untranslated regions. Here we show that five sequence motifs in the h1ARE (named I-V) affect the mRNA half-life in an additive manner. The minimal inhibitory sequence in motifs I and II was mapped to(More)
 Studies of intracellular hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA-dependent RNA polymerase activity (RdRp activity) have been limited by the poor replicative capacity of HCV in cell culture. We have developed a method that allows for the measurement of HCV specific RdRp activity in eukaryotic cells. This method is based on the transient expression of the HCV polymerase(More)
OBJECTIVES Hepatitis C virus (HCV) does not replicate in vitro, suggesting that cultured cells may lack factors that are essential for efficient use of HCV messenger RNAs (mRNAs). Here, we have studied the efficiency of HCV mRNA translation compared with translation of capped and polyadenylated mRNAs in human cells. STUDY DESIGN/METHODS We have generated(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the role of the hepatitis C virus 3' untranslated region in viral mRNA translation in transfected cells and in cell extracts. STUDY DESIGN/METHODS Noninfectious hepatitis C virus mini-genome RNAs with various deletions in the viral 3' untranslated region were transfected into cells or translated in vitro, and the translation(More)
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