Mutational definition of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Rev activation domain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Replication of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 requires the functional expression of the virally encoded Rev protein. The binding of this nuclear trans activator to its viral target sequence, the Rev-response element, induces the cytoplasmic expression of unspliced viral mRNAs. Mutation of the activation domain of Rev generates inactive proteins with normal RNA binding capabilities that inhibit wild-type Rev function in a trans-dominant manner. Here, we report that the activation domain comprises a minimum of nine amino acids, four of which are critically spaced leucines. The preservation of this essential sequence in other primate and nonprimate lentivirus Rev proteins indicates that this leucine-rich motif has been highly conserved during evolution. This conclusion, taken together with the observed permissiveness of a variety of eukaryotic cell types for Rev function, suggests that the target for the activation domain of Rev is likely to be a highly conserved cellular protein(s) intrinsic to nuclear mRNA transport or splicing.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Malim, MH; McCarn, DF; Tiley, LS; Cullen, BR

Published Date

  • August 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 4248 - 4254

PubMed ID

  • 2072452

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC248862

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-538X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/JVI.65.8.4248-4254.1991


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States