Viruses 2013, 5(1), 54-86; doi:10.3390/v5010054
Review

Utility of the Bacteriophage RB69 Polymerase gp43 as a Surrogate Enzyme for Herpesvirus Orthologs

1 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University, 3775 University Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4, Canada 2 Department of Biochemistry, McGill University, 3655 Sir William Osler Promenade, Montreal, Quebec H3G1Y6, Canada 3 Department of Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University, 1110 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A3, Canada
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Received: 1 December 2012; in revised form: 16 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 December 2012 / Published: 8 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Progress in Bacteriophage Research)
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Abstract: Viral polymerases are important targets in drug discovery and development efforts. Most antiviral compounds that are currently approved for treatment of infection with members of the herpesviridae family were shown to inhibit the viral DNA polymerase. However, biochemical studies that shed light on mechanisms of drug action and resistance are hampered primarily due to technical problems associated with enzyme expression and purification. In contrast, the orthologous bacteriophage RB69 polymerase gp43 has been crystallized in various forms and therefore serves as a model system that provides a better understanding of structure–function relationships of polymerases that belong the type B family. This review aims to discuss strengths, limitations, and opportunities of the phage surrogate with emphasis placed on its utility in the discovery and development of anti-herpetic drugs.
Keywords: DNA polymerase; T4 DNA polymerase; gp43; herpesviridae; UL30; UL54; HSV1; HCMV; RB69 DNA polymerase

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Bennett, N.; Götte, M. Utility of the Bacteriophage RB69 Polymerase gp43 as a Surrogate Enzyme for Herpesvirus Orthologs. Viruses 2013, 5, 54-86.

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Bennett N, Götte M. Utility of the Bacteriophage RB69 Polymerase gp43 as a Surrogate Enzyme for Herpesvirus Orthologs. Viruses. 2013; 5(1):54-86.

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Bennett, Nicholas; Götte, Matthias. 2013. "Utility of the Bacteriophage RB69 Polymerase gp43 as a Surrogate Enzyme for Herpesvirus Orthologs." Viruses 5, no. 1: 54-86.

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