The structure of the fusion glycoprotein of Newcastle disease virus suggests a novel paradigm for the molecular mechanism of membrane fusion.Chen, L., Gorman, J.J., McKimm-Breschkin, J., Lawrence, L.J., Tulloch, P.A., Smith, B.J., Colman, P.M., Lawrence, M.C.
(2001) Structure 9: 255-266
- PubMed: 11286892
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0969-2126(01)00581-0
- Primary Citation of Related Structures:
- PubMed Abstract:
Membrane fusion within the Paramyxoviridae family of viruses is mediated by a surface glycoprotein termed the "F", or fusion, protein. Membrane fusion is assumed to involve a series of structural transitions of F from a metastable (prefusion) state to a highly stable (postfusion) state. No detail is available at the atomic level regarding the metastable form of these proteins or regarding the transitions accompanying fusion.
Biomolecular Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia.