Journal article

Substantial Receptor-induced Structural Rearrangement of Rotavirus VP8*: Potential Implications for Cross-Species Infection

Xing Yu, Rahul Mishra, Gavan Holloway, Mark von Itzstein, Barbara S Coulson, Helen Blanchard



Rotavirus-cell binding is the essential first step in rotavirus infection. This binding is a major determinant of rotavirus tropism, as host cell invasion is necessary to initiate infection. Initial rotavirus-cell interactions are mediated by carbohydrate-recognizing domain VP8* of the rotavirus capsid spike protein VP4. Here, we report the first observation of significant structural rearrangement of VP8* from human and animal rotavirus strains upon glycan receptor binding. The structural adaptability of rotavirus VP8* delivers important insights into how human and animal rotaviruses utilize the wider range of cellular glycans identified as VP8* binding partners. Furthermore, our studies on ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

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Funding Acknowledgements

Financial support from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (ID1085596 to H.B., B.S.C., and M.v.I.) is gratefully acknowledged. B.S.C. is a Senior Research Fellow of the NHMRC (ID628319). The authors acknowledge Vi Dang for her assistance in VP8* plasmid production and the MX1 and MX2 beamline scientists at the Australian Synchrotron for their support during X-ray diffraction data collection.