The African Swine Fever Virus Protein j4R Binds to the Alpha Chain of Nascent Polypeptide-Associated Complex
Goatley LC., Twigg SRF., Miskin JE., Monaghan P., St-Arnaud R., Smith GL., Dixon LK.
ABSTRACT The African swine fever virus (ASFV) j4R protein is expressed late during the virus replication cycle and is present in both the nucleus and the cytoplasm of infected cells. By using the yeast two-hybrid system, direct binding, and coprecipitation from cells, we showed that the j4R protein binds to the alpha chain of nascent polypeptide-associated complex (αNAC). Confocal microscopy indicated that a proportion of j4R and αNAC interact in areas close to the plasma membrane, as well as through the cytoplasm in cells. In vitro binding studies suggested that binding of j4R to αNAC did not interfere with the binding of α- and βNAC subunits (the BTF3 transcription factor).