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Virology. 2012 Jul 20;429(1):21-8. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2012.03.027. Epub 2012 Apr 24.

Human herpesvirus 6 glycoprotein M is essential for virus growth and requires glycoprotein N for its maturation.

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Division of Clinical Virology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Japan.


Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is a T-lymphotropic virus belonging to the betaherpesvirus family. Several HHV-6-encoded glycoproteins are required for cell entry and virion maturation. Glycoprotein M (gM) is conserved among all herpesviruses, and therefore thought to have important functions; however, the HHV-6 g has not been characterized. Here, we examined the expression of HHV-6 g, and examined its function in viral replication, using a mutant and revertant gM. HHV-6 g was expressed on virions as a glycoprotein modified with complex N-linked oligosaccharides. As in other herpesviruses, HHV-6 g formed a complex with glycoprotein N (gN), and was transported from the endoplasmic reticulum to the trans-Golgi network only when part of this complex. Finally, a gM mutant virus in which the gM start codon was destroyed was not reconstituted, although its revertant was, indicating that HHV-6 g is essential for virus production, unlike the gM of alphaherpesviruses.

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