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Novel virus-encoded microRNA molecules expressed by ovine herpesvirus 2 immortalized bovine T cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-154
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number1
Early online date1 Oct 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


A number of herpesviruses have now been shown to encode microRNAs (miRNAs) that have roles in control of both viral and cellular gene expression. Ovine herpesvirus 2 (OvHV-2) is the causative agent of sheep-associated malignant catarrhal fever, a fatal lymphoproliferative disease of cattle. Using massively parallel sequencing and northern hybridization we have identified eight putative miRNAs encoded by OvHV-2 expressed in an OvHV-2 immortalized bovine lymphocyte cell line. These eight miRNAs are encoded in two areas of the OvHV-2 genome that contain no predicted protein coding regions and show no sequence similarity with other herpesvirus or cellular miRNAs. This represents the first report of the expression of virally encoded miRNAs in the Macavirus genus of herpesviruses.

    Research areas

  • Animals, Base Sequence, Cattle, Cell Line, Transformed, Gammaherpesvirinae, Gene Expression Regulation, Viral, Herpesviridae Infections, MicroRNAs, Molecular sequence data, Sheep , Sheep Diseases, T-Lymphocytes

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