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Banna virus (BAV: genus Seadornavirus, family Reoviridae) has a double-shelled morphology similar to rotavirus and bluetongue virus. The structure of BAV outer-capsid protein VP9 was determined by X-ray crystallography at 2.6 A resolution, revealing a trimeric molecule, held together by an N-terminal helical bundle, reminiscent of coiled-coil structures found in fusion-active proteins such as HIV gp41. The major domain of VP9 contains stacked beta sheets with marked structural similarities to the receptor binding protein VP8 of rotavirus. Anti-VP9 antibodies neutralize viral infectivity, and, remarkably, pretreatment of cells with trimeric VP9 increased viral infectivity, indicating that VP9 is involved in virus attachment to cell surface and subsequent internalization. Sequence similarities were also detected between BAV VP10 and VP5 portion of rotavirus VP4, suggesting that the receptor binding and internalization apparatus, which is a single gene product activated by proteoloysis in rotavirus, is the product of two separate genome segments in BAV.

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Journal article



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17 - 28


Amino Acid Sequence, Blotting, Western, Capsid Proteins, Coltivirus, Crystallography, X-Ray, Immunohistochemistry, Models, Molecular, Molecular Sequence Data, Neutralization Tests, Protein Structure, Secondary, Protein Structure, Tertiary, Recombinant Proteins, Rotavirus, Sequence Homology, Amino Acid, Viral Core Proteins