Characterization of a mitochondrial-targeting signal in the PB2 protein of influenza viruses.
Influenza virus RNA polymerase is a heterotrimeric complex consisting of PB1, PB2, and PA subunits. These polymerase subunits accumulate in the nucleus of infected cells. We report here that PB2, from both human and avian influenza viruses, could also localize to mitochondria in transfected cells. Importantly, cells infected with influenza A virus also displayed mitochondrial PB2. We show that an N-terminal motif composed of 120 amino acids is sufficient for localization of PB2 to mitochondri...Expand abstract
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