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Virology. 1990 Sep;178(1):189-94.

Purification and characterization of brome mosaic virus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase.

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Department of Biochemistry, Gorlaeus Laboratories, Leiden University, The Netherlands.


RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) was solubilized from cellular membranes of brome mosaic virus (BMV)-infected barley. The solubilized enzyme was subsequently purified by glycerol gradient centrifugation and DEAE ion-exchange chromatography. The purified enzyme proved to be highly stable and both dependent on and specific for BMV RNAs. The enzyme is inhibited by high template RNA concentrations. This inhibition indicates feedback regulation of minus-strand synthesis. The nonstructural viral protein P1 was found to be a component of the RdRp complex (R. Quadt, H.J.M. Verbeek, and E.M.J. Jaspars, 1988, Virology 165, 256-261). Using antibodies directed against a C-terminal peptide of P1 a complex of seven 125I-labeled proteins was precipitated. This indicates that the P1 protein is associated with at least six proteins in the infected cell.

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