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Virus Res. 1996 Jun;42(1-2):27-39.

The BamHI fragment 9 of pseudorabies virus contains genes homologous to the UL24, UL25, UL26, and UL 26.5 genes of herpes simplex virus type 1.

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Génétique des Virus, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.


The genomes of pseudorabies virus (PrV) and of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) are colinear, excepting an inversion in the unique long region, of which one extremity resides within the BamHI fragment 9. This fragment (4088 bp) encodes the counterparts of HSV1 UL24, UL25, UL26 and UL26.5 that are transcribed into four 3'-coterminal mRNAs. Multiple alignments of UL24, UL25 and UL26 protein homologs from alpha-, beta- and gamma-herpesviruses were performed. The PrV UL24 protein is shorter than its counterparts, missing the non-conserved COOH-terminal region. The region which is common to all viruses contains a basic NH2-terminus and a hydrophobic COOH-end, suggesting that UL24 may function as a matrix protein. The UL25 proteins are well conserved, particularly among the alpha-herpesviruses. All the domains involved in the proteolytic activity of theUL26 protein are highly conserved, as well as the two cleavage sites. Thus, its function and processing may be similar in PrV as in other herpesviruses. Due to the fact that in PrV the UL26 and UL44 genes are adjacent and their ends are conserved, the right border of the inversion must lie within their intergenic region.

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