Analysis of the complete DNA sequence of murine cytomegalovirus

Rawlinson, William D., Farrell, Helen E. and Barrell, Barclay G. (1996) Analysis of the complete DNA sequence of murine cytomegalovirus. Journal of Virology, 70 10: 8833-8849.

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Author Rawlinson, William D.
Farrell, Helen E.
Barrell, Barclay G.
Title Analysis of the complete DNA sequence of murine cytomegalovirus
Journal name Journal of Virology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-538X
Publication date 1996-12
Year available 1996
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 70
Issue 10
Start page 8833
End page 8849
Total pages 17
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Society for Microbiology
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The complete DNA sequence of the Smith strain of murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) was determined from virion DNA by using a whole-genome shotgun approach. The genome has an overall G+C content of 58.7%, consists of 230,278 bp, and is arranged as a single unique sequence with short (31-bp) terminal direct repeats and several short internal repeats. Significant similarity to the genome of the sequenced human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) strain AD169 is evident, particularly for 78 open reading frames encoded by the central part of the genome. There is a very similar distribution of G+C content across the two genomes. Sequences toward the ends of the MCMV genome encode tandem arrays of homologous glycoproteins (gps) arranged as two gene families. The left end encodes 15 gps that represent one family, and the right end encodes a different family of 11 gps. A homolog (m144) of cellular major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class l genes is located at the end of the genome opposite the HCMV MHC class I homolog (UL18). G protein-coupled receptor (GCR) homologs (M33 and M78) occur in positions congruent with two (UL33 and UL78) of the four putative HCMV GCR homologs. Counterparts of all of the known enzyme homologs in HCMV are present in the MCMV genome, including the phosphotransferase gene (M97), whose product phosphorylates ganciclovir in HCMV-infected cells, and the assembly protein (M80).
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