Structure based modification of Bluetongue virus helicase protein VP6 to produce a viable VP6-truncated BTV.


Matsuo, E; Leon, E; Matthews, SJ; Roy, P; (2014) Structure based modification of Bluetongue virus helicase protein VP6 to produce a viable VP6-truncated BTV. Biochemical and biophysical research communications, 451 (4). pp. 603-8. ISSN 0006-291X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.08.028

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Abstract

: Bluetongue virus core protein VP6 is an ATP hydrolysis dependent RNA helicase. However, despite much study, the precise role of VP6 within the viral capsid and its structure remain unclear. To investigate the requirement of VP6 in BTV replication, we initiated a structural and biological study. Multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectra were assigned on his-tagged full-length VP6 (329 amino acid residues) as well as several truncated VP6 variants. The analysis revealed a large structured domain with two large loop regions that exhibit significant conformational exchange. One of the loops (amino acid position 34-130) could be removed without affecting the overall fold of the protein. Moreover, using a BTV reverse genetics system, it was possible to demonstrate that the VP6-truncated BTV was viable in BHK cells in the absence of any helper VP6 protein, suggesting that a large portion of this loop region is not absolutely required for BTV replication.<br/>

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Pathogen Molecular Biology
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PubMed ID: 25128829
Web of Science ID: 342405400023
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1883939

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