The chemokine receptor homologue encoded by US27 of human cytomegalovirus is heavily glycosylated and is present in infected human foreskin fibroblasts and enveloped virus particles

Barry J. Margulies, Wade Gibson

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Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), a member of the β-herpesvirus family, encodes four homologues of cellular G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). One of these, the protein product of HCMV open reading frame (ORF) UL33, has been identified in HCMV-infected cells and virus particles and shown to be heat-aggregatable and N-glycosylated. Another, the product of ORF US28, has been functionally characterized as a β-chemokine receptor. Here we report the use of RT-PCR, coupled in vitro transcription-translation, immunoprecipitation, and Western immunoassays to (i) show that RNA from the open reading frame US27 appears predominantly during the late phase of replication; (ii) identify the protein encoded by HCMV US27 in infected cells and enveloped virus particles; (iii) demonstrate that the US27-encoded protein is heterogeneously N-glycosylated and resolves as two species following treatment with peptide N-glycosidase F; and (iv) show that both the recombinant and deglycoylated infected cell US27 protein aggregate when heated in the presence of SDS prior to electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels, a property which is abrogated with the addition of urea to sample buffer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-71
Number of pages15
JournalVirus Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007



  • Chemokine receptor
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Signal transduction
  • UL33
  • UL78
  • US28
  • Viral homologue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Cancer Research

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