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Virology. 2008 Apr 25;374(1):1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2007.11.023. Epub 2008 Jan 22.

Substrate specificity of the herpes simplex virus type 2 UL13 protein kinase.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1100 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104, USA.


The UL13 protein kinase is conserved among many herpesviruses but HSV-2 UL13 specificity is not known. Here, we found that HSV-2 UL13 is a phosphoprotein that autophosphorylates, and that serines within ERK and Cdc2 motifs were important for autophosphorylation but not for UL13 phosphorylation of exogenous substrates. HSV-2 UL13 phosphorylated a peptide also recognized by ERK and Cdc2. However, mutation of substrate residues critical for Cdc2 or Erk phosphorylation did not alter HSV-2 UL13 phosphorylation of the peptide, and HSV-2 UL13 did not phosphorylate standard Cdc2 or Erk peptide substrates. Mutation of prolines surrounding the peptide phosphoacceptor site reduced phosphorylation by HSV-2 UL13, and a peptide containing serine-proline amid alanines and glycines was phosphorylated. Thus, HSV-2 UL13 does not mimic ERK or Cdc2 substrate recognition and its minimal recognition motif can be serine-proline. This motif's simplicity indicates that distal sequence or protein structure contributes to HSV-2 UL13 substrate specificity.

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