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Viral Transcription During Autographa californica Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Infection: a Novel RNA Polymerase Induced in Infected Spodoptera frugiperda Cells

By L. Yolanda Fuchs, Michael S. Woods and Robert F. Weaver


Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus-specific RNA synthesis in isolated nuclei of Spodoptera frugiperda cells in culture was monitored at different times postinfection. Up to 8 h postinfection viral RNA synthesis remained sensitive to 5 μg of α-amanitin per ml. During the course of infection this sensitivity decreased, and at 24 h postinfection RNA synthesis was completely resistant to α-amanitin. DEAE-Sephadex profiles of RNA polymerase isolated at 24 h postinfection showed a new, chromatographically distinct, α-amanitin-resistant form whose kinetics and response to divalent cations differed from those of the host RNA polymerases. The possibility that this enzyme may be responsible for viral late transcription is discussed

Topics: Insect Viruses
Year: 1983
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:255395
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