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J Biomed Sci. 1997 Jul-Aug;4(4):155-161.

A Serine-Kinase-Containing Protein Complex Interacts with the Terminal Protein Domain of Polymerase of Hepatitis B Virus.

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Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Life Science, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.


Polymerase of human hepatitis B virus is required for viral replication and pregenomic RNA encapsidation. Using recombinant GST fusion proteins, we show that the terminal protein domain of polymerase can interact specifically with a protein complex containing kinase activity and a tightly associated 35-kD protein (p35). This kinase is termed terminal-protein-associated kinase (TPAK). The phosphoamino acid analysis of phosphorylated p35 demonstrates that TPAK is a serine kinase. Analysis of deletion mutants shows that amino acids 1-95 of the terminal protein domain are required for the interaction with TPAK/p35 and phosphorylation of p35. TPAK/p35 are found predominantly in the cytoplasm. Furthermore, TPAK can be inhibited by heparin and manganese ions, but is resistant to spermidine, DRB, H89 or H7. These results indicate that TPAK is not protein kinase A or protein kinase C. Copyright 1997 S. Karger AG, Basel.


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