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Viruses 2014, 6(11), 4165-4177; doi:10.3390/v6114165

Long Non-Coding RNA and Epigenetic Gene Regulation of KSHV

Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
National Health Research Institutes, Maioli 35053, Taiwan
Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan
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Received: 1 August 2014 / Revised: 21 October 2014 / Accepted: 22 October 2014 / Published: 4 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus)
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Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV/human herpesvirus 8) is a γ-herpesvirus linked to Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) and two lymphoproliferative disorders, primary effusion lymphoma (PEL or body-cavity B-lymphoma [BCBL]) and a subset of Multicentric Castleman’s Disease. During lytic growth, pervasive viral transcription generating a variety of transcripts with uncertain protein-coding potential has been described on a genome-wide scale in β- and γ-herpesviruses. One class of such RNAs is called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs). KSHV encodes a viral lncRNA known as polyadenylated nuclear RNA (PAN RNA), a copious early gene product. PAN RNA has been implicated in KSHV gene expression, replication, and immune modulation. PAN RNA expression is required for optimal expression of the entire KSHV lytic gene expression program. Latent KSHV episomes are coated with viral latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA). LANA rapidly dissociates from episomes during reactivation. Here we review recent studies suggesting that PAN RNA may function as a viral lncRNA, including a role in the facilitation of LANA-episomal dissociation during lytic replication. View Full-Text
Keywords: viruses; long non-coding RNA; epigenetics; viral latency; viral reactivation viruses; long non-coding RNA; epigenetics; viral latency; viral reactivation

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Campbell, M.; Kung, H.-J.; Izumiya, Y. Long Non-Coding RNA and Epigenetic Gene Regulation of KSHV. Viruses 2014, 6, 4165-4177.

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