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We previously discovered that nuclear import of low risk HPV11 E7 is mediated by its zinc-binding domain via a pathway that is independent of karyopherins/importins (Piccioli et al., 2010. Virology 407, 100-109). In this study we mapped and characterized a leucine-rich nuclear export signal (NES), 76IRQLQDLLL84, within the zinc-binding domain that mediates the nuclear export of HPV11 E7 in a CRM1-dependent manner. We also identified a mostly hydrophobic patch 65VRLVV69 within the zinc-binding domain that mediates nuclear import of HPV11 E7 via hydrophobic interactions with the FG-repeats domain of Nup62. Substitutions of hydrophobic residues to alanine within the 65VRLVV69 sequence disrupt the nuclear localization of 11E7, whereas the R66A mutation has no effect. Overall the data support a model of nuclear entry of HPV11 E7 protein via hydrophobic interactions with FG nucleoporins at the nuclear pore complex. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Courtney H McKee, Zeynep Onder, Aditya Ashok, Rebeca Cardoso, Junona Moroianu. Characterization of the transport signals that mediate the nucleocytoplasmic traffic of low risk HPV11 E7. Virology. 2013 Aug 15;443(1):113-22

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