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Molecular modelling of S1 and S2 subunits of SARS coronavirus spike glycoprotein

Spiga, Ottavia and Bernini, Andrea and Ciutti, Arianna and Chiellini, Stefano and Menciassi, Nicola and Finetti, Francesca and Causarono, Vincenza and Anselmi, Francesca and Prischi, Filippo and Niccolai, Neri (2003) 'Molecular modelling of S1 and S2 subunits of SARS coronavirus spike glycoprotein.' Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 310 (1). pp. 78-83. ISSN 0006-291X

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The S1 and S2 subunits of the spike glycoprotein of the coronavirus which is responsible for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have been modelled, even though the corresponding amino acid sequences were not suitable for tertiary structure predictions with conventional homology and/or threading procedures. An indirect search for a protein structure to be used as a template for 3D modelling has been performed on the basis of the genomic organisation similarity generally exhibited by coronaviruses. The crystal structure of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin B appeared to be structurally adaptable to human and canine coronavirus spike protein sequences and it was successfully used to model the two subunits of SARS coronavirus spike glycoprotein. The overall shape and the surface hydrophobicity of the two subunits in the obtained models suggest the localisation of the most relevant regions for their activity. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SARS; protein structure; structure prediction; coronavirus; molecular modelling
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 13:03
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:31

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