Protein & Peptide Letters

Prof. Ben M. Dunn  
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Florida
College of Medicine
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Structural Disorder in Proteins of the Rhabdoviridae Replication Complex

Author(s): Cedric Leyrat, Francine C.A. Gerard, Euripedes de Almeida Ribeiro Jr., Ivan Ivanov, Rob W.H. Ruigrok and Marc Jamin

Affiliation: Unit of Virus Host Cell Interactions (UVHCI), UMI 3265 UJF-EMBL-CNRS, 6, rue Jules Horowitz, B.P. 181, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France.

Keywords: Rhabdoviridae, replication complex, phosphoprotein, nucleoprotein, intrinsically disordered regions

Abstract:

Rhabdoviridae are single stranded negative sense RNA viruses. The viral RNA condensed by the nucleoprotein (N), the phosphoprotein (P) and the large subunit (L) of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase are the viral components of the transcription/replication machineries. Both P and N contain intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) that play different roles in the virus life cycle. Here, we describe the modular organization of P based on recent structural, biophysical and bioinformatics data. We show how flexible loops in N participate in the attachment of P to the N-RNA template by an induced- fit mechanism. Finally, we discuss the roles of IDRs in the mechanism of replication/transcription, and propose a new model for the interaction of the L subunit with its N-RNA template.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 17
ISSUE: 8
Page: [979 - 987]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/092986610791498939