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Virus Res. 2001 Jan;73(1):41-55
RNA polymerase pausing and transcriptional antitermination regulates gene activity in several systems. In arenavirus infected cells the switch from transcription to replication is subjected to a hairpin-dependent termination and requires protein synthesis to bypass this signal. The transcriptional antitermination control by Junín virus nucleocapsid protein N, has been demonstrated in vivo by infecting BHK-21 cells expressing this viral protein in the presence of translation inhibitors. This is the first demonstration in vivo of a transcriptional antitermination control in arenavirus-infected cells.