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, 10 (3), 489-96

Phosphorylation of Murine Type C Viral p12 Proteins Regulates Their Extent of Binding to the Homologous Viral RNA

Phosphorylation of Murine Type C Viral p12 Proteins Regulates Their Extent of Binding to the Homologous Viral RNA

A Sen et al. Cell.

Abstract

The purified p12 phosphoprotein of Rauscher murine leukemia virus was fractionated by ion exchange chromatography into subpopulations of molecules containing different amounts of covalently linked phosphate. Of the various phosphorylated forms of p12 protein purified from virions, only a species containing relatively little phosphate can bind in vitro to purified homologous 70S viral RNA. Using ultraviolet irradiation to stabilize ribonucleoprotein complexes in intact virions, the same molecular species of p12 phosphoprotein can be isolated in close association with the 70S viral genome. The results show that phosphorylation of type C viral p12 proteins influences the extent, but not the specificity, of their interaction with homologous viral RNA.

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