Crystal Structure of the Borna Disease Virus Nucleoprotein

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.76 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.187 
  • R-Value Work: 0.163 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.164 

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Crystal structure of the Borna Disease Virus nucleoprotein

Rudolph, M.G.Kraus, I.Dickmanns, A.Eickmann, M.Garten, W.Ficner, R.

(2003) Structure 11: 1219-1226

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.str.2003.08.011
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    1N93, 1PP1

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Borna disease virus (BDV) causes an infection of the central nervous system in a wide range of vertebrates, which can fatally progress to an immune-mediated disease, called Borna disease. BDV is a member of the Mononegavirales, which also includes the highly infectious measles and Ebola viruses. The viral nucleoproteins are central to transcription, replication, and packaging of the RNA genome. We present the X-ray structure of the BDV nucleoprotein determined at 1.76 A resolution. The structure reveals a novel fold, organized into two distinct domains, and an assembly into a planar homotetramer. Surface potential calculations strongly support an RNA binding model with the RNA wrapping around the outside of the tetramer, although a positively charged central channel in the tetramer could fit single-stranded RNA in an alternative binding mode. This first structure of an RNA virus nucleoprotein provides a paradigmatic model for RNA packaging and replication of single-stranded RNA viruses.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Molecular Structural Biology, Institute for Microbiology and Genetics, GZMB, Georg-August University, 37077 Göttingen, Germany.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
p40 nucleoproteinA [auth X]375Borna disease virusMutation(s): 0 
Find proteins for P0C796 (Borna disease virus 1)
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Go to UniProtKB:  P0C796
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UniProt GroupP0C796
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.76 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.187 
  • R-Value Work: 0.163 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.164 
  • Space Group: I 4
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 100.026α = 90
b = 100.026β = 90
c = 103.227γ = 90
Software Package:
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DENZOdata reduction
SCALEPACKdata scaling

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Entry History 

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Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2003-10-07
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2008-04-28
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Derived calculations, Version format compliance
  • Version 1.3: 2024-02-14
    Changes: Data collection, Database references