The chemokine receptor homologue encoded by US27 of human cytomegalovirus is heavily glycosylated and is present in infected human foreskin fibroblasts and enveloped virus particles

Virus Res. 2007 Jan;123(1):57-71. doi: 10.1016/j.virusres.2006.08.003. Epub 2006 Sep 8.


Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), a member of the beta-herpesvirus family, encodes four homologues of cellular G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). One of these, the protein product of HCMV open reading frame (ORF) UL33, has been identified in HCMV-infected cells and virus particles and shown to be heat-aggregatable and N-glycosylated. Another, the product of ORF US28, has been functionally characterized as a beta-chemokine receptor. Here we report the use of RT-PCR, coupled in vitro transcription-translation, immunoprecipitation, and Western immunoassays to (i) show that RNA from the open reading frame US27 appears predominantly during the late phase of replication; (ii) identify the protein encoded by HCMV US27 in infected cells and enveloped virus particles; (iii) demonstrate that the US27-encoded protein is heterogeneously N-glycosylated and resolves as two species following treatment with peptide N-glycosidase F; and (iv) show that both the recombinant and deglycoylated infected cell US27 protein aggregate when heated in the presence of SDS prior to electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels, a property which is abrogated with the addition of urea to sample buffer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cytomegalovirus / pathogenicity
  • Cytomegalovirus / physiology*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / virology*
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism
  • Fibroblasts / virology
  • Glycosylation
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Chemokine / metabolism*
  • Viral Proteins / metabolism*
  • Virulence
  • Virus Replication


  • Receptors, Chemokine
  • US27 protein, human cytomegalovirus
  • Viral Proteins