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Viruses 2014, 6(2), 582-605; doi:10.3390/v6020582
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Role of Human Cytomegalovirus Tegument Proteins in Virion Assembly

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Received: 2 January 2014; in revised form: 4 February 2014 / Accepted: 4 February 2014 / Published: 6 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent CMV Research)
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Abstract: Like other herpesviruses, human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) contains a unique proteinaceous layer between the virion envelope and capsid, termed the tegument. Upon infection, the contents of the tegument layer are delivered to the host cell, along with the capsid and the viral genome, where they facilitate the initial stages of virus replication. The tegument proteins also play important roles in virion assembly and this dual nature makes them attractive potential targets for antiviral therapies. While our knowledge regarding tegument protein function during the initiation of infection has been the subject of intense study, their roles in assembly are much less well understood. In this review, we will focus on recent studies that highlight the functions of HCMV tegument proteins during assembly, and pose key questions for further investigation.
Keywords: human cytomegalovirus; tegument; assembly human cytomegalovirus; tegument; assembly
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Smith, R.M.; Kosuri, S.; Kerry, J.A. Role of Human Cytomegalovirus Tegument Proteins in Virion Assembly. Viruses 2014, 6, 582-605.

AMA Style

Smith RM, Kosuri S, Kerry JA. Role of Human Cytomegalovirus Tegument Proteins in Virion Assembly. Viruses. 2014; 6(2):582-605.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Smith, Rebecca M.; Kosuri, Srivenkat; Kerry, Julie A. 2014. "Role of Human Cytomegalovirus Tegument Proteins in Virion Assembly." Viruses 6, no. 2: 582-605.



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