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Virol J. 2006 Apr 4;3:24.

Predicting the subcellular localization of viral proteins within a mammalian host cell.

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McGill Center for Bioinformatics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. michelle.scott@mail.mcgill.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The bioinformatic prediction of protein subcellular localization has been extensively studied for prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. However, this is not the case for viruses whose proteins are often involved in extensive interactions at various subcellular localizations with host proteins.

RESULTS:

Here, we investigate the extent of utilization of human cellular localization mechanisms by viral proteins and we demonstrate that appropriate eukaryotic subcellular localization predictors can be used to predict viral protein localization within the host cell.

CONCLUSION:

Such predictions provide a method to rapidly annotate viral proteomes with subcellular localization information. They are likely to have widespread applications both in the study of the functions of viral proteins in the host cell and in the design of antiviral drugs.

PMID:
16595001
PMCID:
PMC1475561
DOI:
10.1186/1743-422X-3-24
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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