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Virology. 1992 Nov;191(1):511-6.

Characterization of human herpesvirus-6(U1102) and (GS) gp112 and identification of the Z29-specified homolog.

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Department of Experimental Pathology, University of Bologna, Italy.


Monoclonal antibody 2D10 (MAb 2D10) raised toward human herpesvirus-6(U1102) [HHV6(U1102)] immunoprecipitated three glycosylated peptides, M(r) 112,000, 64,000, and 58,000, designated as gp112 from U1102-infected lymphocytes. Pulse-chase experiments suggest that the M(r) 64,000 and 58,000 polypeptides are very likely generated by post-translational cleavage of the M(r) 112,000 polypeptide. MAb 2D10 neutralized virion infectivity in the presence of complement, suggesting that gp112 is located in the virion envelope. MAb 2D10 did not prevent the appearance of HHV6-specific cytopathic effect. MAb 2D10 was reactive with denatured gp112 in immunoblots. HHV6 isolates form two clusters (Schimer, Wyatt, Yamanishi, Rodriguez, and Frenkel, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88, 5922; Ablashi, Balachandran, Josephs, Hung, Krtueger, Kramarsky, Salahuddin, and Gallo, Virology 184, 545). MAb 2D10 reacted by immunofluorescence and immunoprecipitation with the prototypes of each cluster, GS and Z29. Whereas the proteins immunoprecipitated by MAb 2D10 from GS-infected lymphocytes had an electrophoretic pattern very similar to that of U1102 gp112, the homologous glycoprotein immunoprecipitated from Z29-infected lymphocytes consisted of three polypeptides with M(r) 102,000, 59,000, and 50,000. The data suggest a variation among HHV6 isolates as far as this glycoprotein is concerned.

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