Protein IX, a minor component of the human adenovirus capsid, is essential for the packaging of full length genomes

Goutam Ghosh-Choudhury, Yousef Haj-Ahmad, Frank L. Graham

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Human adenovirus type 5 (Ad5) contains a 36-kb doublestranded DNA molecule in an icosahedral capsid. Attempts to construct Ad5 insertion mutants containing DNA of more than about 105% of the genome size resulted in viral progeny in which deletions had occurred suggesting the existence of severe constraints on the size of packageable DNA molecules. To partially circumvent these constraints we used an adenovirus vector, Ad5dlEl,3, with deletions in early regions 1 (E1) and 3 for a total net reduction in genome size of 5349 bp and an expected capacity for inserts of >7 kb. To use this vector efficiently we generated a circular form of dlEl,3 DNA which could be propagated as an infectious bacterial plasmid. When this plasmid was used as a recipient for inserts of various sizes it was found that its capacity was much less than expected and that dlEl,3 virion capsids could not even package DNA as large as the wt genome. Because the E1 deletion of dlEl,3 extends into the coding sequences for protein IX, a minor capsid component known to affect the heat stability of adenovirions, the possibility that absence of this polypeptide might also affect the DNA capacity of the virion was investigated. It was found that when the coding sequences for protein IX were restored the packaging capacity of the vector was also restored to that of wt virions. Thus protein IX is an essential constituent of virion capsids dispensable only for virions containing DNA of less than genomic size.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)1733-1739
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónEMBO Journal
EstadoPublished - jun 1987
Publicado de forma externa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience


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