Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiological agent of Kaposi's sarcoma. The open reading frame (K9) of KSHV encodes viral interferon regulatory factor 1 (vIRF1), which functions as a repressor of interferon-mediated signal transduction. The amino-terminal region of vIRF1 displays significant homology to the DNA-binding domain of cellular interferon regulatory factors, supporting the theory that the protein interacts with specific DNA sequences. Here, we identify the consensus sequence of vIRF1-binding sites from a pool of random oligonucleotides. Moreover, our data show that vIRF1 interacts with the K3:viral dihydrofolate reductase:viral interleukin 6 promoter region in the KSHV genome.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Insect Science