Ribonucleotide reductase induced by herpes simplex virus has a virus-specified constituent

B M Dutia

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Ribonucleotide reductase, an enzyme found in all prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells that synthesize DNA, is induced by herpes simplex virus (HSV). In this study the effect of anti-HSV antiserum on the induced ribonucleotide reductase has been examined and the ability of different temperature-sensitive (ts) mutants of HSV-1 to induce the enzyme has been investigated. The HSV-1-induced ribonucleotide reductase was inhibited by antiserum raised against infected cell lysates but not by preimmune serum. The wild-type (ts+) virus induced similar levels of ribonucleotide reductase at 31 degrees C and 38.5 degrees C (the permissive and non-permissive temperatures respectively for the ts mutants). All ts mutants induced approximately wild-type levels of the enzyme at 31 degrees C. At 38.5 degrees C, two of the four ts mutants studied also induced wild-type levels of enzyme but ts G failed to induce any activity while ts K induced variable but low levels. The enzyme activity induced by ts G at 31 degrees C was thermolabile both in vivo and in vitro. These results provide the first strong evidence that the induced ribonucleotide reductase activity is at least partially virus-coded.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-21
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of General Virology
Volume64 Pt 3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1983


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Enzyme Induction
  • Mutation
  • Ribonucleotide Reductases
  • Simplexvirus
  • Temperature


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