Viral serine/threonine protein kinases

J Virol. 2011 Feb;85(3):1158-73. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01369-10. Epub 2010 Nov 17.


Phosphorylation represents one the most abundant and important posttranslational modifications of proteins, including viral proteins. Virus-encoded serine/threonine protein kinases appear to be a feature that is unique to large DNA viruses. Although the importance of these kinases for virus replication in cell culture is variable, they invariably play important roles in virus virulence. The current review provides an overview of the different viral serine/threonine protein kinases of several large DNA viruses and discusses their function, importance, and potential as antiviral drug targets.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA Viruses / enzymology*
  • Humans
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Viral Proteins / genetics*
  • Viral Proteins / metabolism*


  • Viral Proteins
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases