Site-directed mutagenesis of Avibirnavirus VP4 gene

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Title Site-directed mutagenesis of Avibirnavirus VP4 gene
Author(s) J. C. Rodriguez-Lecompte, Frederick S. B. Kibenge
Journal Virology
Date 2002
Volume 292
Issue 2
Start page 241
End page 246
Abstract Virus protein VP4 of infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) is a protease which separates VPX and VP3 from the polyprotein. We studied the importance of serine and aspartic acid on cleavage at the VPX/VP4 junction and analysed the role of the proposed H547, D590, and S653 catalytic site using five different mutations on VP4. Our results suggest that the replacement of serine by lysine in AXAAS motifs in serotype II IBDV influences polyprotein (PP) processing by VP4 and also indicate the presence of an alternative cleavage site. Mutation on D ((510)TLAADK(515)) prevented the cleavage at the VPX/VP4 junction, but we have found that independently of the importance of those alanines in LAA, D has an important role as part of the cleavage site. Replacement of histidine by proline H547P completely abolished PP processing. Mutation on D590 induced a partial PP processing when it was replaced by proline and the replacement of serine by proline at S653P induced a prominent change in PP processing. These results permit us to conclude that IBDV VP4 has the ability to act according to structural and topographical changes during translational and posttranslational processes and allow multiple hit sites, which serve to increase effectiveness.
DOI 10.1006/viro.2001.1260

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