Parameters that influence processive synthesis and site-specific termination by human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase on RNA and DNA templates.
ABSTRACT We have examined the parameters that determine the length and distribution of products synthesized processively by the human immunodeficiency virus reverse transcriptase (HIV-RT). On native or homopolymer templates, the overall length distribution of processively synthesized products is increased by increased temperature or deoxynucleoside triphosphate concentration, or decreased ionic strength. Specific terminations of processive synthesis on either native DNA or RNA templates occur most frequently at positions where the reverse transcriptase (RT) pauses during synthesis. These sites correlate with the template sequence 3'-(A/U)(A/U)(G/C)-5', particularly when this sequence is predicted to be base paired with another region of the template in a secondary structure. Many positions of termination are in similar positions on DNA or RNA templates. Notable exceptions are runs of A residues, which promote termination on DNA but not RNA templates. Termination intensities vary when different RTs are used demonstrating an influence of RT structure.
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ABSTRACT: Recombination contributes significantly to diversity within virus populations and ultimately to viral evolution. Here we use a recently developed statistical test to perform exploratory analysis of recombination in fourteen feline immunodeficiency virus (FIVpco) genomes derived from a wild population of cougars. We use both the global and local Phi statistical test as an overall guide to predict where recombination may have occurred. Further analyses, including similarity plots and phylogenetic incongruence tests, confirmed that three FIVpco lineages were derived from recombinant events. Interestingly, the regions of mosaic origin were clustered in the area encoding lentiviral accessory genes and largely spared the viral structural genes. Because some of the mosaic strains are currently geographically disparate, our data indicate that the dispersal of cougars infected with these strains was preceded by recombination events. These results suggest that recombination has played an important role in the evolution of FIVpco for this wild population of cougars.Virology 09/2007; 364(2):362-70. DOI:10.1016/j.virol.2007.03.023 · 3.28 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: System requirements: World Wide Web browser and PDF reader. Mode of access: Available through the Internet. Title from document title page. Document formatted into pages; contains vi, 119 p. : ill. Thesis (Ph. D.)--West Virginia University, 1999. Vita. Includes abstract. Includes bibliographical references.
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ABSTRACT: With constantly changing environmental selection pressures, retroviruses rely upon recombination to reassort polymorphisms in their genomes and increase genetic diversity, which improves the chances for the survival of their population. Recombination occurs during DNA synthesis, whereby reverse transcriptase undergoes template switching events between the two copackaged RNAs, resulting in a viral recombinant with portions of the genetic information from each parental RNA. This review summarizes our current understanding of the factors and mechanisms influencing retroviral recombination, fidelity of the recombination process, and evaluates the subsequent viral diversity and fitness of the progeny recombinant. Specifically, the high mutation rates and high recombination frequencies of HIV-1 will be analyzed for their roles in influencing HIV-1 global diversity, as well as HIV-1 diagnosis, drug treatment, and vaccine development.Viruses 09/2011; 3(9):1650-80. DOI:10.3390/v3091650 · 3.28 Impact Factor