Journal article

Methylation status of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) BamHI W latent cycle promoter and promoter activity: analysis with novel EBV-positive Burkitt and lymphoblastoid cell lines.

Isabel A Hutchings, Rosemary J Tierney, Gemma L Kelly, Julianna Stylianou, Alan B Rickinson, Andrew I Bell

J Virol | Published : 2006


The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latent cycle promoter Wp, present in each tandemly arrayed copy of the BamHI W region in the EBV genome, drives expression of the EB viral nuclear antigens (EBNAs) at the initiation of virus-induced B-cell transformation. Thereafter, an alternative EBNA promoter, Cp, becomes dominant, Wp activity declines dramatically, and bisulfite sequencing of EBV-transformed lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) shows extensive Wp methylation. Despite this, Wp is never completely silenced in LCLs. Here, using a combination of bisulfite sequencing and methylation-specific PCR, we show that in standard LCLs transformed with wild-type EBV isolates, some Wp copies always remain unmeth..

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