This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject and investigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source, and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed is for the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8, belongs in the gammaherpesvirinae subfamily and is believed to be the etiologic agent of Kaposi's sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and a subset of multicentric Castleman's disease. KSHV, similar to the other viruses in the herpesvirus family, specifies numerous glycoproteins which are expressed during the virus lifecycle. Many of these KSHV glycoproteins have been shown to be important in virus entry, egress and virus-induced cell fusion. Glycoprotein M (gM) and gN are known to play important roles in multiple steps of herpesviruses, while their potential roles in KSHV infections are unknown. The central hypothesis of this project is that the KSHV gM and gN serve essential roles in two critical facets of the viral lifecycle: a) cytoplasmic virion morphogenesis and egress; b) virus-induced cell fusion. The overall experimental approach of the proposed investigations is to generate KSHV recombinant viruses deficient in either glycoprotein M (gM) or glycoprotein N (gN) genes utilizing the KSHV genome cloned into a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). These viruses will be utilized to address the functions of these two glycoproteins in virion morphogenesis and egress, and virus-induced cell fusion caused by a KSHV mutant virus having syncytial mutations in gB.
Specific Aim I : To construct and genetically characterize KSHV-BAC36 delta gM (gM-null) and BAC36 delta gN (gN-null) mutants utilizing the pGET-Rec recombination system in DH10B E.
coli Specific Aim II : To assess the role of KSHV gM and gN in cytoplasmic virion morphogenesis and egress, and virus-induced cell fus

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-4 (02))
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Louisiana State University A&M Col Baton Rouge
Schools of Arts and Sciences
Baton Rouge
United States
Zip Code
Hosain, Salman B; Khiste, Sachin K; Uddin, Mohammad B et al. (2016) Inhibition of glucosylceramide synthase eliminates the oncogenic function of p53 R273H mutant in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition and induced pluripotency of colon cancer cells. Oncotarget 7:60575-60592
Pogue, A I; Dua, P; Hill, J M et al. (2015) Progressive inflammatory pathology in the retina of aluminum-fed 5xFAD transgenic mice. J Inorg Biochem 152:206-9
Zhang, Cheng; Rissman, Robert A; Feng, June (2015) Characterization of ATP alternations in an Alzheimer's disease transgenic mouse model. J Alzheimers Dis 44:375-8
Gu, Ying; Barzegar, Mansoureh; Chen, Xin et al. (2015) Fusarochromanone-induced reactive oxygen species results in activation of JNK cascade and cell death by inhibiting protein phosphatases 2A and 5. Oncotarget 6:42322-33
Pasluosta, Cristian F; Chiu, Alan W L (2015) Modulation of grasping force in prosthetic hands using neural network-based predictive control. Methods Mol Biol 1260:179-94
Ibrahim, Sulaimon; Chowriappa, Pradeep; Dua, Sumeet et al. (2015) Classification of diabetes maculopathy images using data-adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference classifier. Med Biol Eng Comput 53:1345-60
Babu, Sainath; Uppu, Sannihith N; Martin, Brittany et al. (2015) Unusually high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper cash register receipts (CRs): development and application of a robust LC-UV method to quantify BPA in CRs. Toxicol Mech Methods 25:410-6
El-Saadi, Madison Wynne; Williams-Hart, Tara; Salvatore, Brian A et al. (2015) Use of in-silico assays to characterize the ADMET profile and identify potential therapeutic targets of fusarochromanone, a novel anti-cancer agent. In Silico Pharmacol 3:6
Mahdavian, Elahe; Palyok, Phillip; Adelmund, Steven et al. (2014) Biological activities of fusarochromanone: a potent anti-cancer agent. BMC Res Notes 7:601
Kuo, Ching-Chang; Zhang, Cheng; Rissman, Robert A et al. (2014) Long-Term Electrophysiological and Behavioral Analysis on the Improvement of Visual Working Memory Load, Training Gains, and Transfer Benefits. J Behav Brain Sci 4:234-246

Showing the most recent 10 out of 179 publications