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Hepatitis C virus RNA replication requires a conserved structural motif within the transmembrane domain of the NS5B RNA-dependent RNA polymerase.
Journal of Virology
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5B (NS5B), the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), is a tail-anchored protein with a highly conserved C-terminal transmembrane domain (TMD) that is required for the assembly of a functional replication complex. Here, we report that the TMD of the HCV RdRp can be functionally replaced by a newly identified analogous membrane anchor of the GB virus B (GBV-B) NS5B RdRp. Replicons with a chimeric RdRp consisting of the HCV catalytic domain and the GBV-B membrane anchor replicated with reduced efficiency. Compensatory amino acid changes at defined positions within the TMD improved the replication efficiency of these chimeras. These observations highlight a conserved structural motif within the TMD of the HCV NS5B RdRp that is required for RNA replication.
membrane association, insertion, protein, determinants, sequences, anchor, model
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