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Pablo Guardado-Calvo, Eduardo A Bignon, Eva Stettner, Scott Allen Jeffers, Jimena Pérez-Vargas, Gerard Pehau-Arnaudet, M Alejandra Tortorici, Jean-Luc Jestin, Patrick England, Nicole D Tischler, Félix A Rey
Hantaviruses are zoonotic viruses transmitted to humans by persistently infected rodents, giving rise to serious outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) or of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), depending on the virus, which are associated with high case fatality rates. There is only limited knowledge about the organization of the viral particles and in particular, about the hantavirus membrane fusion glycoprotein Gc, the function of which is essential for virus entry. We describe here the X-ray structures of Gc from Hantaan virus, the type species hantavirus and responsible for HFRS, both in its neutral pH, monomeric pre-fusion conformation, and in its acidic pH, trimeric post-fusion form...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Shmuel Willensky, Hagit Bar-Rogovsky, Eduardo A Bignon, Nicole D Tischler, Yorgo Modis, Moshe Dessau
Hantaviruses are important emerging human pathogens and are the causative agents of serious diseases in humans with high mortality rates. Like other members in the Bunyaviridae family their M segment encodes two glycoproteins, GN and GC, which are responsible for the early events of infection. Hantaviruses deliver their tripartite genome into the cytoplasm by fusion of the viral and endosomal membranes in response to the reduced pH of the endosome. Unlike phleboviruses (e.g. Rift valley fever virus), that have an icosahedral glycoprotein envelope, hantaviruses display a pleomorphic virion morphology as GN and GC assemble into spikes with apparent four-fold symmetry organized in a grid-like pattern on the viral membrane...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Xingyue Ji, Jinhua Chen, Guang-Hui Zheng, Meng-Hao Huang, Lei Zhang, Jie Jin, Hong Yi, Jian-Dong Jiang, Zong-Gen Peng, Zhuo-Rong Li
There still remains a need to develop new anti-HCV agents with distinct mechanism of action (MOA) due to the occurrence of resistance to direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Cajanine, a stilbenic component isolated from Cajanus cajan L., was identified as a potent HCV inhibitor by phenotypic screening in this work (EC50 = 3.17±0.75 μM). The intensive structure optimization provided significant insights into the structure-activity relationships. Furthermore, the MOA study revealed that cajanine inhibited HCV replications via down-regulating a cellular protein chondroitin sulfate N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase 1...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ziqiang Wang, Ping Fan, Yiwan Zhao, Shikuan Zhang, Jinhua Lu, Weidong Xie, Yuyang Jiang, Fan Lei, Naihan Xu, Yaou Zhang
Nuclear paraspeckle assembly transcript 1 (NEAT1) is the crucial structural platform of paraspeckles, which is one type of nuclear bodies. As a stress-induced lncRNA, the expression of NEAT1 increases in response to viral infection, but little is known about the role of NEAT1 or paraspeckles in the replication of herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1). Here, we demonstrate that HSV-1 infection increases NEAT1 expression and paraspeckle formation in a STAT3-dependent manner. NEAT1 and other paraspeckle protein components, P54nrb and PSPC1, can associate with HSV-1 genomic DNA...
October 25, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Kunlakanya Jitobaom, Natthida Tongluan, Duncan R Smith
During infection, dengue virus (DENV) proteins interact with host cellular constituents promoting the remodeling of the cell to facilitate virus production. While a number of interacting proteins have been identified for DENV non-structural proteins, far fewer interacting partners have been identified for the DENV structural proteins. One protein that has been identified as a DENV E protein interacting protein is the cellular chaperone GRP78. GRP78 has been shown to have a number of cellular interacting partners including the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC)...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Agata Swiatkowska, Paulina Zydowicz, Joanna Sroka, Jerzy Ciesiołka
The p53 tumour suppressor protein is one of the major factors responsible for cell cycle regulation and protection against cancer development. This is why it is often referred to as "the guardian of the genome". On the other hand, mutations in the p53 gene are connected with more than 50% of tumours of various types. The thirty-six years of extensive research on the p53 gene and its protein products have shown how sophisticated the p53-based cell system control is. An additional level of complexity of the p53 research is connected with at least twelve p53 isoforms which have been identified in the cell...
October 25, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Cameron Browne
This paper concerns modeling the coupled within-host population dynamics of virus and CTL (Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte) immune response. There is substantial evidence that the CTL immune response plays a crucial role in controlling HIV in infected patients. Recent experimental studies have demonstrated that certain CTL variants can recognize HIV infected cells early in the infected cell lifecycle before viral production, while other CTLs only detect viral proteins (epitopes) presented on the surface of infected cells after viral production...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Bas B Oude Munnink, Matthew Cotten, Marta Canuti, Martin Deijs, Maarten F Jebbink, Formijn J van Hemert, My V T Phan, Margreet Bakker, Seyed Mohammad Jazaeri Farsani, Paul Kellam, Lia van der Hoek
Several novel clades of astroviruses have recently been identified in human faecal samples. Here, we describe a novel astrovirus-like RNA virus detected in human stools, which we have tentatively named bastrovirus. The genome of this novel virus consists of 6,300 nucleotides organized in three open reading frames. Several sequence divergent strains were detected sharing 67-93 per cent nucleotide identity. Bastrovirus encodes a putative structural protein that is homologous to the capsid protein found in members of the Astroviridae family (45% amino acid identity)...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
Christina Kratsch, Thorsten R Klingen, Linda Mümken, Lars Steinbrück, Alice C McHardy
Human influenza viruses are rapidly evolving RNA viruses that cause short-term respiratory infections with substantial morbidity and mortality in annual epidemics. Uncovering the general principles of viral coevolution with human hosts is important for pathogen surveillance and vaccine design. Protein regions are an appropriate model for the interactions between two macromolecules, but the currently used epitope definition for the major antigen of influenza viruses, namely hemagglutinin, is very broad. Here, we combined genetic, evolutionary, antigenic, and structural information to determine the most relevant regions of the hemagglutinin of human influenza A/H3N2 viruses for interaction with human immunoglobulins...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
Ralf G Dietzgen, Hideki Kondo, Michael M Goodin, Gael Kurath, Nikos Vasilakis
The family Rhabdoviridae consists of mostly enveloped, bullet-shaped or bacilliform viruses with a negative-sense, single-stranded RNA genome that infect vertebrates, invertebrates or plants. This ecological diversity is reflected by the diversity and complexity of their genomes. Five canonical structural protein genes are conserved in all rhabdoviruses, but may be overprinted, overlapped or interspersed with several novel and diverse accessory genes. This review gives an overview of the characteristics and diversity of rhabdoviruses, their taxonomic classification, replication mechanism, properties of classical rhabdoviruses such as rabies virus and rhabdoviruses with complex genomes, rhabdoviruses infecting aquatic species, and plant rhabdoviruses with both mono- and bipartite genomes...
October 20, 2016: Virus Research
Larisa Kordyukova
Two enveloped virus families, Orthomyxoviridae and Paramyxoviridae, comprise a large number of dangerous pathogens that enter the host cell via fusion of their envelope with a target cell membrane at acidic or neutral pH. The Class I prototypic glycoproteins responsible for this reaction are the Influenza virus haemagglutinin (HA) protein or paramyxovirus fusion (F) protein. X-ray crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy data are available for the HA and F ectodomains in pre- and post-fusion conformations, revealing similar spiky architectures, albeit with clear differences in the details...
October 20, 2016: Virus Research
Gianluigi Lichinchi, Boxuan Simen Zhao, Yinga Wu, Zhike Lu, Yue Qin, Chuan He, Tariq M Rana
Infection with the flavivirus Zika (ZIKV) causes neurological, immunological, and developmental defects through incompletely understood mechanisms. We report that ZIKV infection affects viral and human RNAs by altering the topology and function of N(6)-adenosine methylation (m(6)A), a modification affecting RNA structure and function. m(6)A nucleosides are abundant in ZIKV RNA, with twelve m(6)A peaks identified across full-length ZIKV RNA. m(6)A in ZIKV RNA is controlled by host methyltransferases METTL3 and METTL14 and demethylases ALKBH5 and FTO, and knockdown of methyltransferases increases, while silencing demethylases decreases, ZIKV production...
October 18, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
Rafael Conceição de Souza, Gabriela de Medeiros Muniz, Andrei Santos Siqueira, Adonis de Melo Lima, Alessandra Pereira da Silva, Evonnildo Costa Gonçalves, João Lídio da Silva Gonçalves Vianez Júnior
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections continue to exert an enormous impact on global human health. This led experts to emphasize the importance of new measures for preventing HIV infections, including the development of vaccines and novel drugs. In this context, a promising approach involves the use of lectins that can bind the surface envelope glycoprotein gp120 of HIV with high affinity, preventing viral entry. The cyanobacterial lectin microvirin (MVN) has been proposed as a candidate for development as a topical microbicide because of its ability to bind to high mannose-type glycans, potently inhibiting HIV-1 entry...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Na Li, Yunhuan Yan, Angke Zhang, Jiming Gao, Chong Zhang, Xue Wang, Gaopeng Hou, Gaiping Zhang, Jinbu Jia, En-Min Zhou, Shuqi Xiao
Many viruses encode microRNAs (miRNAs) that are small non-coding single-stranded RNAs which play critical roles in virus-host interactions. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is one of the most economically impactful viruses in the swine industry. The present study sought to determine whether PRRSV encodes miRNAs that could regulate PRRSV replication. Four viral small RNAs (vsRNAs) were mapped to the stem-loop structures in the ORF1a, ORF1b and GP2a regions of the PRRSV genome by bioinformatics prediction and experimental verification...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Xingguang Li, Junjie Zai, Haizhou Liu, Yi Feng, Fan Li, Jing Wei, Sen Zou, Zhiming Yuan, Yiming Shao
Following its immergence in December 2013, the recent Zaire Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak in West Africa has spread and persisted for more than two years, making it the largest EBOV epidemic in both scale and geographical region to date. In this study, a total of 726 glycoprotein (GP) gene sequences of the EBOV full-length genome obtained from West Africa from the 2014 outbreak, combined with 30 from earlier outbreaks between 1976 and 2008 were used to investigate the genetic divergence, evolutionary history, population dynamics, and selection pressure of EBOV among distinct epidemic waves...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Najla Kharrat, Sabrine Belmabrouk, Rania Abdelhedi, Riadh Benmarzoug, Mourad Assidi, Mohammed H Al Qahtani, Ahmed Rebai
BACKGROUND: The identification of charge clusters (runs of charged residues) in proteins and their mapping within the protein structure sequence is an important step toward a comprehensive analysis of how these particular motifs mediate, via electrostatic interactions, various molecular processes such as protein sorting, translocation, docking, orientation and binding to DNA and to other proteins. Few algorithms that specifically identify these charge clusters have been designed and described in the literature...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Shaher Bano Mirza, Ramin Ekhteiari Salmas, M Qaiser Fatmi, Serdar Durdagi
The Klotho is known as lifespan enhancing protein involved in antagonizing the effect of Wnt proteins. Wnt proteins are stem cell regulators, and uninterrupted exposure of Wnt proteins to the cell can cause stem and progenitor cell senescence, which may lead to aging. Keeping in mind the importance of Klotho in Wnt signaling, in silico approaches have been applied to study the important interactions between Klotho and Wnt3 and Wnt3a (wingless-type mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) integration site family members 3 and 3a)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Hongwei Yao, Myungwoon Lee, Shu Y Liao, Mei Hong
The fusion peptide (FP) and transmembrane domain (TMD) of viral fusion proteins play important roles during virus-cell membrane fusion, by inducing membrane curvature and transient dehydration. The structure of the water-soluble ectodomain of viral fusion proteins has been extensively studied crystallographically, but the structures of the FP and TMD bound to phospholipid membranes are not well understood. We recently investigated the conformations and lipid interactions of the separate FP and TMD peptides of the parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) fusion protein F using solid-state NMR...
October 21, 2016: Biochemistry
Noboru Hirashima, Hiroaki Iwase, Masaaki Shimada, Nobumitsu Ryuge, Junji Imamura, Hiroki Ikeda, Yasuhito Tanaka, Nobuyuki Matsumoto, Chiaki Okuse, Fumio Itoh, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Tsunamasa Watanabe
Co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) often accelerates the course of HCV-associated liver disease. Daclatasvir (DCV) plus asunaprevir (ASV) have been shown to be highly effective for HCV-infected patients with genotype 1b. Three patients co-infected with HIV/HCV genotype 1b were enrolled in this study. Prior to initiation of HCV treatment, the variants associated with L31 and Y93 in the non-structural protein 5A (NS5A) region of the HCV genome were confirmed to be absent using a direct sequencing method...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Jinxin Xie, Huancheng Guo, Wenjie Gong, Daliang Jiang, Li Zhang, Junjie Jia, Changchun Tu
NS5A is a multifunctional non-structural protein of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) that plays an important role in viral replication, but how it exerts its functions is unknown. Here, we report the cleavage of NS5A of the vaccine C-strain, resulting in two truncated forms (b and c). Further experiments using calpain- and caspase-family-specific inhibitors, followed by a caspase-6-specific shRNAs and inhibitor, showed that the cleavage of C-strain NS5A to produce truncated form c is mediated by caspase-6, mapping to (272)DTTD(275), while the cleavage producing truncated form b is probably mediated by another unknown protease...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Virology
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