Author(s): Barbato G, Cicero DO, Nardi MC, Steinkhler C, Cortese R,
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Abstract The solution structure of the hepatitis C virus (BK strain) NS3 protein N-terminal domain (186 residues) has been solved by NMR spectroscopy. The protein is a serine protease with a chymotrypsin-type fold, and is involved in the maturation of the viral polyprotein. Despite the knowledge that its activity is enhanced by the action of a viral protein cofactor, NS4A, the mechanism of activation is not yet clear. The analysis of the folding in solution and the differences from the crystallographic structures allow the formulation of a model in which, in addition to the NS4A cofactor, the substrate plays an important role in the activation of the catalytic mechanism. A unique structural feature is the presence of a zinc-binding site exposed on the surface, subject to a slow conformational exchange process. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.
This article was published in J Mol Biol
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