Kirui J, Mondal A, Mehle A. (2016) Journal of Virology. 90:10906-10914.
The influenza A virus polymerase plays an essential role in the virus lifecycle, directing synthesis of viral mRNAs and genomes. It is a trimeric complex composed of subunits PA, PB1, and PB2 and associates with viral RNAs and nucleoprotein (NP) to form higher order ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. The polymerase is regulated temporally over the course of infection to ensure coordinated expression of viral genes as well as replication of the viral genome. Various host factors and processes have been implicated in regulation of the IAV polymerase function, including post-translational modifications, however the mechanisms are not fully understood. In this paper we demonstrate that ubiquitination plays an important role in stimulating polymerase activity.