Faculty Advisor

Heilman, Destin

Abstract

Torque teno virus (TTV) is a small, non-enveloped animal virus that contains a single-stranded, circular DNA genome of 3.8 kb. Related to chicken anemia virus (CAV), TTV's ORF 3 may express a 105 residue protein which is homologous to CAV VP3 (apoptin)--a protein shown to multimerize and trigger apoptosis in cancer cells via a mechanism that involves nuclear translocation. Using gene synthesis, we generated the TTV ORF3 and expressed the gene fused to GFP. Here we demonstrate that TTV VP3 localizes to the cytoplasm of H1299 lung cancer cells and shows evidence of cytoplasmic aggregation. This aggregation is strikingly similar to CAV apoptin and may indicate a similar multimerization capacity for TTV VP3. However, an altered localization pattern may suggest a different mechanism of action.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Humanities and Arts

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

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Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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