A 3.6-kb region of the Shope fibroma virus (SFV) BamHI D fragment located in the central region of the viral genome was sequenced. Three open reading frames (ORFs) were identified, D3R, D4L, and D5R. Each of these ORFs have a counterpart organized identically within the HindIII fragment D of the vaccinia virus genome (D1R, D2L, and D3R). Homology scores and assays of viral cores indicate that SFV D3R encodes the large subunit of the SFV mRNA capping enzyme.
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