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The crystal structure of the Hazara virus nucleocapsid protein.

Surtees R, Ariza A, Punch EK, Trinh CH, Dowall SD, Hewson R, Hiscox JA, Barr JN, Edwards TA - BMC Struct. Biol. (2015)

Bottom Line: To characterise further similarities between HAZV and CCHFV, and support the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV infection, we investigated the structure of the HAZV nucleocapsid protein (N) and compared it to CCHFV N.The crystal structure of HAZV N reveals a close similarity to CCHFV N, supporting the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV.Structural similarity between the N proteins should facilitate study of the CCHFV and HAZV replication cycles without the necessity of working under containment level 4 (CL-4) conditions.

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Affiliation: Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JG, UK. bs06ras@leeds.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT

Background: Hazara virus (HAZV) is a member of the Bunyaviridae family of segmented negative stranded RNA viruses, and shares the same serogroup as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV). CCHFV is responsible for fatal human disease with a mortality rate approaching 30 %, which has an increased recent incidence within southern Europe. There are no preventative or therapeutic treatments for CCHFV-mediated disease, and thus CCHFV is classified as a hazard group 4 pathogen. In contrast HAZV is not associated with serious human disease, although infection of interferon receptor knockout mice with either CCHFV or HAZV results in similar disease progression. To characterise further similarities between HAZV and CCHFV, and support the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV infection, we investigated the structure of the HAZV nucleocapsid protein (N) and compared it to CCHFV N. N performs an essential role in the viral life cycle by encapsidating the viral RNA genome, and thus, N represents a potential therapeutic target.

Results: We present the purification, crystallisation and crystal structure of HAZV N at 2.7 Å resolution. HAZV N was expressed as an N-terminal glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion protein then purified using glutathione affinity chromatography followed by ion-exchange chromatography. HAZV N crystallised in the P212121 space group with unit cell parameters a = 64.99, b = 76.10, and c = 449.28 Å. HAZV N consists of a globular domain formed mostly of alpha helices derived from both the N- and C-termini, and an arm domain comprising two long alpha helices. HAZV N has a similar overall structure to CCHFV N, with their globular domains superposing with an RMSD = 0.70 Å, over 368 alpha carbons that share 59 % sequence identity. Four HAZV N monomers crystallised in the asymmetric unit, and their head-to-tail assembly reveals a potential interaction site between monomers.

Conclusions: The crystal structure of HAZV N reveals a close similarity to CCHFV N, supporting the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV. Structural similarity between the N proteins should facilitate study of the CCHFV and HAZV replication cycles without the necessity of working under containment level 4 (CL-4) conditions.

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Model of HAZV N bound to RNA. After superposition of the HAZV N core domain with the N structure from Lassa bound to RNA, The Lassa protein has been removed to leave a model for how HAZV N may bind to RNA (generated in PyMol)
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Fig8: Model of HAZV N bound to RNA. After superposition of the HAZV N core domain with the N structure from Lassa bound to RNA, The Lassa protein has been removed to leave a model for how HAZV N may bind to RNA (generated in PyMol)

Mentions: We previously revealed structural similarity between the globular domain of the CCHFV N protein and the N-terminal RNA binding domain of the nucleocapsid protein (NP) of Lassa virus (LASV), which is a segmented negative stranded RNA virus classified within the Arenaviridae family [18]. Not surprisingly, we show here that the HAZV N protein also is structurally similar to LASV NP. Overlay of HAZV N with RNA-bound LASV NP strongly suggests that the HAZV N protein residues within the ‘crevice’ mediate RNA binding (Fig. 8).Fig. 8


The crystal structure of the Hazara virus nucleocapsid protein.

Surtees R, Ariza A, Punch EK, Trinh CH, Dowall SD, Hewson R, Hiscox JA, Barr JN, Edwards TA - BMC Struct. Biol. (2015)

Model of HAZV N bound to RNA. After superposition of the HAZV N core domain with the N structure from Lassa bound to RNA, The Lassa protein has been removed to leave a model for how HAZV N may bind to RNA (generated in PyMol)
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Fig8: Model of HAZV N bound to RNA. After superposition of the HAZV N core domain with the N structure from Lassa bound to RNA, The Lassa protein has been removed to leave a model for how HAZV N may bind to RNA (generated in PyMol)
Mentions: We previously revealed structural similarity between the globular domain of the CCHFV N protein and the N-terminal RNA binding domain of the nucleocapsid protein (NP) of Lassa virus (LASV), which is a segmented negative stranded RNA virus classified within the Arenaviridae family [18]. Not surprisingly, we show here that the HAZV N protein also is structurally similar to LASV NP. Overlay of HAZV N with RNA-bound LASV NP strongly suggests that the HAZV N protein residues within the ‘crevice’ mediate RNA binding (Fig. 8).Fig. 8

Bottom Line: To characterise further similarities between HAZV and CCHFV, and support the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV infection, we investigated the structure of the HAZV nucleocapsid protein (N) and compared it to CCHFV N.The crystal structure of HAZV N reveals a close similarity to CCHFV N, supporting the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV.Structural similarity between the N proteins should facilitate study of the CCHFV and HAZV replication cycles without the necessity of working under containment level 4 (CL-4) conditions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JG, UK. bs06ras@leeds.ac.uk.

ABSTRACT

Background: Hazara virus (HAZV) is a member of the Bunyaviridae family of segmented negative stranded RNA viruses, and shares the same serogroup as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV). CCHFV is responsible for fatal human disease with a mortality rate approaching 30 %, which has an increased recent incidence within southern Europe. There are no preventative or therapeutic treatments for CCHFV-mediated disease, and thus CCHFV is classified as a hazard group 4 pathogen. In contrast HAZV is not associated with serious human disease, although infection of interferon receptor knockout mice with either CCHFV or HAZV results in similar disease progression. To characterise further similarities between HAZV and CCHFV, and support the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV infection, we investigated the structure of the HAZV nucleocapsid protein (N) and compared it to CCHFV N. N performs an essential role in the viral life cycle by encapsidating the viral RNA genome, and thus, N represents a potential therapeutic target.

Results: We present the purification, crystallisation and crystal structure of HAZV N at 2.7 Å resolution. HAZV N was expressed as an N-terminal glutathione S-transferase (GST) fusion protein then purified using glutathione affinity chromatography followed by ion-exchange chromatography. HAZV N crystallised in the P212121 space group with unit cell parameters a = 64.99, b = 76.10, and c = 449.28 Å. HAZV N consists of a globular domain formed mostly of alpha helices derived from both the N- and C-termini, and an arm domain comprising two long alpha helices. HAZV N has a similar overall structure to CCHFV N, with their globular domains superposing with an RMSD = 0.70 Å, over 368 alpha carbons that share 59 % sequence identity. Four HAZV N monomers crystallised in the asymmetric unit, and their head-to-tail assembly reveals a potential interaction site between monomers.

Conclusions: The crystal structure of HAZV N reveals a close similarity to CCHFV N, supporting the use of HAZV as a model for CCHFV. Structural similarity between the N proteins should facilitate study of the CCHFV and HAZV replication cycles without the necessity of working under containment level 4 (CL-4) conditions.

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