The herpes simplex virus type 1 UL37 gene product is a component of virus particles

J Gen Virol. 1994 Aug;75 ( Pt 8):2047-52. doi: 10.1099/0022-1317-75-8-2047.


The herpes simplex virus type 1 UL37 gene encodes a protein with an M(r) of 120K that is produced at late times after infection. To study the properties of this protein we have linked a 10 amino acid epitope derived from a human cytomegalovirus protein to the UL37 polypeptide coding sequences by inserting an oligonucleotide at a SpeI site that is unique in the virus genome and lies close to the 3' end of the open reading frame. From studies on the resultant virus recombinant using a monoclonal antibody that recognizes the inserted epitope we find that, contrary to a previous report, the UL37 protein is a structural component of both virions and L particles and is present in the tegument of virus particles. Indirect immunofluorescence analysis revealed that the protein is distributed throughout infected cells but is more abundant in the cytoplasm than the nucleus.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • Cell Compartmentation
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Herpesvirus 1, Human / chemistry*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / analysis
  • Viral Structural Proteins / analysis*
  • Viral Structural Proteins / genetics
  • Virion / chemistry*


  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • UL37 protein, Human herpesvirus 1
  • Viral Structural Proteins