Two chimeric mutant genes derived from rev of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and rex of human T-cell leukemia virus type I were constructed to investigate the functions of the nucleolar-targeting signals (NOS) in Rev and Rex proteins. A chimeric Rex protein whose NOS region was substituted with the NOS of Rev was located predominantly in the cell nucleolus and functioned like the wild-type protein in the Rex assay system. However, a chimeric Rev with the NOS of Rex abolished Rev function despite its nucleolar localization. This nonfunctional nucleolar-targeting chimeric protein inhibited the function of both Rex and Rev. In the same experimental conditions, this mutant interfered with the localization of the functional Rex in the nucleolus.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Virology|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science