Navigation Links
Scientists identify molecular structure of key viral protein

and cellular membranes, permitting entry of the viral genome into the cell.

"What we've learned about the structure of the parainfluenza virus 5 fusion protein will be directly applicable to the whole family of paramyxoviruses," said virologist Robert A. Lamb, John Evans Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology and co-leader of the study. "The family includes viruses that cause measles, mumps, bronchitis, pneumonia, canine distemper, croup and Newcastle disease, which kills chickens. Measles still causes huge numbers of deaths worldwide. And while HIV, influenza and SARS are not in the same family, the viruses do share a mechanism similar to that used by paramyxoviruses for entering the host cell."

The parainfluenza virus 5 is also closely related to two recently discovered and deadly viruses called Hendra and Nipah viruses, which are classified as select agents of concern for biodefense.

The pre-fusion structure of the F protein combined with the structure of the protein in its post-fusion state, which was determined and reported earlier in 2005 by this same research team, gives scientists a complete picture of how the paramyxovirus F protein works to infect the cell.

The F protein belongs to a group of fusion proteins (class I) that exist in two states: the metastable or pre-fusion state and the post-fusion state. This is only the second time that both the pre- and post-fusion structures have been determined for a class I viral fusion protein. The first was for the influenza virus, completed in 1994. While a lot of research is currently being conducted on the HIV fusion protein, its two structures -- and an understanding of how the protein works -- remain incomplete.

"The protein we studied," explained Lamb, an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, "is sequestered on the virus and is responsible for bringing about a membrane merger or fusion of the viral and cellular membranes. The prot
'"/>

Source:Northwestern University


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Scientists ID molecular switch in liver that triggers harmful effects of saturated and trans fats
2. Scientists Replicate Hepatitis C Virus in Laboratory
3. Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinsons disease cases
4. Scientists find missing enzyme for tuberculosis iron scavenging pathway
5. Scientists seek answers on what activates deadly anthrax spores
6. Yale Scientists Find MicroRNA Regulates Ras Cancer Gene
7. Scientists collaborate to assess health of global environment
8. Scientists decipher genome of fungus that can cause life-threatening infections
9. Scientists discover the cellular roots of graying hair
10. Scientists rid stem cell culture of key animal cells
11. Scientists develop new color-coded test for protein folding
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Scientists identify molecular structure key viral protein

(Date:7/11/2014)... 2014 Research and Markets has ... Market - Industry Analysis Size Share Growth Trends and ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 The ... a need for high level security in both private ... such as username and passwords, tokens etc. are vulnerable ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 2014  The American Academy of Forensic Sciences ... and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Justice ... forensic science expert members to the Forensic Science ... of the NIST,s Organization of Scientific Area Committees ... appointments made to the new FSSB that has ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... BLUE BELL, Pa. , July 2, 2014  Unisys ... The Netherlands , Unisys Nederland N.V., today announced that ... (DJI) to deliver, implement and manage a new Basic Provision ... . Unisys won the contract with a ... for identity management software. The term of the contract is ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):International Biometrics Technology Market - Industry Analysis Size Share Growth Trends and Forecast to 2019 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 2Ten Members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Appointed to Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) 3Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 3
... its wood and cottony fibers, the kapok tree now ... for decades: the notion that African and South American ... million years ago. , Research by University of Michigan ... perhaps other rainforest--trees colonized Africa after the continents split ...
... modification to successfully manipulate the growth in height of trees, ... similar to normal trees – but after several years of ... few inches. , This is a “proof of concept” that ... It opens the door to a wide variety of new ...
... that will be published online in advance of its July ... colleagues (The Salk Institute and HHMI) demonstrate that endosomes can ... animals. , "These findings will influence our thinking of the ... why cells use them as signaling compartments," noted lead author ...
Cached Biology News:The kapok connection -- Study explains rainforest similarities 2Researchers demonstrate way to control tree height 2Researchers demonstrate way to control tree height 3
(Date:7/10/2014)... CA (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 Unraveling ... closer together. The Archer Family purchased a ... within DNA, but ended up with a lifetime of ... contained within the family members’ DNA genuinely brought the ... decided to search deeper into genetic history and prior ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... July 10, 2014 EvoDerma ’s NOOME ... This rejuvenating device now comes with a second treatment cup ... time. , The new cup is thinner on the edges ... to target rough, thin and uneven surfaces on the face, ... for a stimulating treatment on areas such as the cheeks ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 2014 On July 9 Prime ... presented Russia,s first national "Industry" ... Company is developing a unique project called MabNext ... a number of innovative drugs based on monoclonal antibodies ... took place at the International Exhibition "Innoprom 2014" in ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... July 10, 2014 Research and Markets ... the "International Photonic Integrated Circuit (Monolithic Integration, ... 2019" report to their offering. ... concept of photonic integration traces its roots in ... promise of photonic integration went unexplored and unfulfilled ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 2Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 3Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 4Ancestry DNA Test Reveals a Controversial and Undiscovered Family History 5Introducing a New Bonus Treatment Cup for EvoDerma’s NOOME Anti-Aging Motion 2Dmitry Medvedev Presented BIOCAD the First National "Industry" Award 2International Photonic Integrated Circuit (Monolithic Integration, Hybrid Integration, Module Integration) Market - Forecasts to 2019 2
... database to explore, understand, manage, and share next-generation ... Inc., the leader in sequence data management, today ... Expression Workflow designed to enable researchers working with ... is the second such workflow to be delivered ...
... May 5 Sequella, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company ... start of its Phase 1B trial for SQ109 with ... a new diamine antibiotic intended to replace one or ... patient therapy, was granted U.S. FDA Fast Track designation ...
... influenza virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine progresses with study designed ... May 5 Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX ... second clinical trial of its virus-like particle (VLP) seasonal ... this Phase II randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial has ...
Cached Biology Technology:GenomeQuest, Inc. Announces Digital Gene Expression Solution Within Its Sequence Data Management Platform 2Sequella Commences Phase 1B Study for New Tuberculosis Drug SQ109 2Novavax Announces Enrollment in the Second Phase II Study of its Seasonal Influenza VLP Vaccine Candidate 2Novavax Announces Enrollment in the Second Phase II Study of its Seasonal Influenza VLP Vaccine Candidate 3Novavax Announces Enrollment in the Second Phase II Study of its Seasonal Influenza VLP Vaccine Candidate 4
... tissue extracts (liver, kidney, spleen, and heart) and ... It was also tested with microsomal fractions prepared ... simple and reliable method for measuring NDPase activity ... the inorganic phosphate released from NDP by the ...
... CAST Equine EIA Principle: ... LTD4 and LTE4 are products ... 5-lipoxygenase and glutathione-S-transferase. In the ... "Slow Reacting Substances of Anaphylaxis ...
... stress is the condition in which a ... stimuli and the various antioxidants. Oxidative ... pathogenesis of several diseases, including artherosclerosis, chronic ... possesses several antioxidant systems that are very ...
... Compound(s) tested through ... enzyme assays spanning a ... assay panel includes many ... and several non-selective assays. ...
Biology Products: