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J Virol. 1998 Jul;72(7):6228-32.

Cloning and functional analysis of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus DNA polymerase and its processivity factor.

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Department of Microbiology, School of Dental Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.


Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), or human herpesvirus 8, is a newly identified virus with tumorigenic potential. Here, we cloned and expressed the DNA polymerase (Pol-8) of KSHV and its processivity factor (PF-8). Pol-8 bound specifically to PF-8 in vitro. Moreover, the DNA synthesis activity of Pol-8 was shown in vitro to be strongly dependent on PF-8. Addition of PF-8 to Pol-8 allowed efficient synthesis of fully extended DNA products corresponding to the full-length M13 template (7,249 nucleotides), whereas Pol-8 alone could incorporate only several nucleotides. The specificity of PF-8 and Pol-8 for each other was demonstrated by their inability to be functionally replaced by the DNA polymerases and processivity factors of herpes simplex virus 1 and human herpesvirus 6.

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