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Title: Crystal structure of full-length Zika virus NS5 protein reveals a conformation similar to Japanese encephalitis virus NS5

Abstract

The rapid spread of the recentZika virus(ZIKV) epidemic across various countries in the American continent poses a major health hazard for the unborn fetuses of pregnant women. To date, there is no effective medical intervention. The nonstructural protein 5 ofZika virus(ZIKV-NS5) is critical for ZIKV replication through the 5'-RNA capping and RNA polymerase activities present in its N-terminal methyltransferase (MTase) and C-terminal RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) domains, respectively. The crystal structure of the full-length ZIKV-NS5 protein has been determined at 3.05 Å resolution from a crystal belonging to space groupP2 12 12 and containing two protein molecules in the asymmetric unit. The structure is similar to that reported for the NS5 protein fromJapanese encephalitis virusand suggests opportunities for structure-based drug design targeting either its MTase or RdRp domain.

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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Sponsoring Org.:
INDUSTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1400315
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications; Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Upadhyay, Anup K., Cyr, Matthew, Longenecker, Kenton, Tripathi, Rakesh, Sun, Chaohong, and Kempf, Dale J. Crystal structure of full-length Zika virus NS5 protein reveals a conformation similar to Japanese encephalitis virus NS5. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1107/S2053230X17001601.
Upadhyay, Anup K., Cyr, Matthew, Longenecker, Kenton, Tripathi, Rakesh, Sun, Chaohong, & Kempf, Dale J. Crystal structure of full-length Zika virus NS5 protein reveals a conformation similar to Japanese encephalitis virus NS5. United States. doi:10.1107/S2053230X17001601.
Upadhyay, Anup K., Cyr, Matthew, Longenecker, Kenton, Tripathi, Rakesh, Sun, Chaohong, and Kempf, Dale J. Tue . "Crystal structure of full-length Zika virus NS5 protein reveals a conformation similar to Japanese encephalitis virus NS5". United States. doi:10.1107/S2053230X17001601.
@article{osti_1400315,
title = {Crystal structure of full-length Zika virus NS5 protein reveals a conformation similar to Japanese encephalitis virus NS5},
author = {Upadhyay, Anup K. and Cyr, Matthew and Longenecker, Kenton and Tripathi, Rakesh and Sun, Chaohong and Kempf, Dale J.},
abstractNote = {The rapid spread of the recentZika virus(ZIKV) epidemic across various countries in the American continent poses a major health hazard for the unborn fetuses of pregnant women. To date, there is no effective medical intervention. The nonstructural protein 5 ofZika virus(ZIKV-NS5) is critical for ZIKV replication through the 5'-RNA capping and RNA polymerase activities present in its N-terminal methyltransferase (MTase) and C-terminal RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) domains, respectively. The crystal structure of the full-length ZIKV-NS5 protein has been determined at 3.05 Å resolution from a crystal belonging to space groupP21212 and containing two protein molecules in the asymmetric unit. The structure is similar to that reported for the NS5 protein fromJapanese encephalitis virusand suggests opportunities for structure-based drug design targeting either its MTase or RdRp domain.},
doi = {10.1107/S2053230X17001601},
journal = {Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications},
number = 3,
volume = 73,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue Feb 21 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Tue Feb 21 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}
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