During EBV infection, lytic DNA replication activates late gene expression in trans via an uncharacterized pathway. In this study, we mapped the target of this regulatory cascade to a variant TATA box (TATTAAA) and the 3' flanking region within the core promoter of the BcLF1 gene. The inherent late activity of this core promoter is, surprisingly, disrupted by a heterologous enhancer, suggesting that late gene expression is regulated through core promoter sequences located in a transcriptionally inert environment.
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- Insect Science