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Vaccinia virus (VV) strain Western Reserve gene B9R is shown to encode an intracellular 6 kDa protein that is expressed late during the infectious cycle.In vitrotranscription and translation produced two polypeptides in the presence of microsomal membranes, but only the larger protein in the absence of membranes. The smaller protein sedimented with microsomes during centrifugation, suggesting it was inserted into the lipid membrane or into the microsomal lumen via the N-terminal hydrophobic signal sequence that was subsequently cleaved proteolytically. A VV mutant lacking B9R was constructed and found to replicate normally in cell culture and twoin vivomodels.

Original publication




Journal article


Journal of General Virology


Microbiology Society

Publication Date





873 - 878