Identification and structural analysis of a MDV gene encoding a protein kinase. Conference Paper uri icon


  • DNA sequence analysis of the BamHI-C fragment of Marek's Disease Virus (MDV) reveals the presence of a 513 amino acid open reading frame (ORF). This ORF codes for a protein with an estimated M(r) of 58,901. Comparison of the amino acid sequence with those available in the Swiss-Prot database indicates extensive homology with a protein kinase (PK) of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and varicella-zoster virus (VZV). In Northern blot hybridization, a transcript of 2.0 kb was detected in MDV (GA strain) infected duck embryo fibroblasts (DEFs). A portion of the ORF was expressed in Escherichia coli as a trpE-fusion protein and used to generate antiserum in New Zealand rabbits. This antiserum specifically detected a protein of 60 kDa in MDV serotype 1, 2 and 3 infected DEFs or chicken embryo fibroblasts (CEFs) by Western blot analysis. This ORF codes for a functional PK.

published proceedings

  • Acta Virol

author list (cited authors)

  • Reddy, S. M., Sui, D., Wu, P., & Lee, L

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Reddy, SM||Sui, D||Wu, P||Lee, L

publication date

  • January 1999