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A novel interaction of tRNA(Lys,3) with the feline immunodeficiency virus RNA genome governs initiation of minus strand DNA synthesis.


Miller, J T; Ehresmann, B; Hübscher, U; Le Grice, S F (2001). A novel interaction of tRNA(Lys,3) with the feline immunodeficiency virus RNA genome governs initiation of minus strand DNA synthesis. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 276(29):27721-27730.

Abstract

Complementarity between nucleotides at the 5' terminus of tRNA(Lys,3) and the U5-IR loop of the feline immunodeficiency virus RNA genome suggests a novel intermolecular interaction controls initiation of minus strand synthesis in a manner analogous to other retroviral systems. Base pairing of this tRNA-viral RNA duplex was confirmed by nuclease mapping of the RNA genome containing full-length or 5'-deleted variants of tRNA(Lys,3) hybridized to the primer-binding site. A major pause in RNA-dependent DNA synthesis occurred 14 nucleotides ahead of the primer-binding site with natural and synthetic tRNA(Lys,3) primers, indicating it was not a consequence of tRNA base modifications. The majority of the paused complexes resulted in dissociation of the reverse transcriptase from the template/primer, as demonstrated by an assay limited to a single binding event. Hybridization of a tRNA mutant whose 5' nucleotides are deleted relieved pausing at this position and subsequently allowed high level DNA synthesis. Additional experiments with tRNA-DNA chimeric primers were used to localize the stage of minus strand synthesis at which the tRNA-viral RNA interaction was disrupted. Finally, replacing nucleotides of the feline immunodeficiency virus U5-IR loop with the (A)(4) sequence of its human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 counterpart also relieved pausing, but did not induce pausing immediately downstream of the primer-binding site previously noted during initiation of HIV-1 DNA synthesis. These combined observations provide further evidence of cis-acting sequences immediately adjacent to the primer-binding site controlling initiation of minus strand DNA synthesis in retroviruses and retrotransposons.

Complementarity between nucleotides at the 5' terminus of tRNA(Lys,3) and the U5-IR loop of the feline immunodeficiency virus RNA genome suggests a novel intermolecular interaction controls initiation of minus strand synthesis in a manner analogous to other retroviral systems. Base pairing of this tRNA-viral RNA duplex was confirmed by nuclease mapping of the RNA genome containing full-length or 5'-deleted variants of tRNA(Lys,3) hybridized to the primer-binding site. A major pause in RNA-dependent DNA synthesis occurred 14 nucleotides ahead of the primer-binding site with natural and synthetic tRNA(Lys,3) primers, indicating it was not a consequence of tRNA base modifications. The majority of the paused complexes resulted in dissociation of the reverse transcriptase from the template/primer, as demonstrated by an assay limited to a single binding event. Hybridization of a tRNA mutant whose 5' nucleotides are deleted relieved pausing at this position and subsequently allowed high level DNA synthesis. Additional experiments with tRNA-DNA chimeric primers were used to localize the stage of minus strand synthesis at which the tRNA-viral RNA interaction was disrupted. Finally, replacing nucleotides of the feline immunodeficiency virus U5-IR loop with the (A)(4) sequence of its human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 counterpart also relieved pausing, but did not induce pausing immediately downstream of the primer-binding site previously noted during initiation of HIV-1 DNA synthesis. These combined observations provide further evidence of cis-acting sequences immediately adjacent to the primer-binding site controlling initiation of minus strand DNA synthesis in retroviruses and retrotransposons.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:20 July 2001
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:18
Last Modified:26 Aug 2016 07:32
Publisher:American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
ISSN:0021-9258
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:10.1074/jbc.M100513200
PubMed ID:11353768
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-820

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