Richard Hrabal

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We determined the solution structure of myristoylated Mason-Pfizer monkey virus matrix protein by NMR spectroscopy. The myristoyl group is buried inside the protein and causes a slight reorientation of the helices. This reorientation leads to the creation of a binding site for phosphatidylinositols. The interaction between the matrix protein and(More)
Despite extensive data demonstrating that immature retroviral particle assembly can take place either at the plasma membrane or at a distinct location within the cytoplasm, targeting of viral precursor proteins to either assembly site still remains poorly understood. Biochemical data presented here suggest that Tctex-1, a light chain of the molecular motor(More)
The assembly of Mason-Pfizer monkey virus Gag polyproteins into immature capsids and their cleavage by the encoded protease are temporally and spatially separated processes, making the virus a particularly useful model for investigation of protease activation. Here we present a high resolution NMR structure of a fully folded monomer of a 12 kDa M-PMV(More)
Matrix proteins play multiple roles both in early and late stages of the viral replication cycle. Their N-terminal myristoylation is important for interaction with the host cell membrane during virus budding. We used Escherichia coli, carrying N-myristoyltransferase gene, for the expression of the myristoylated His-tagged matrix protein of Mason-Pfizer(More)
Retroviral proteases are translated as a part of Gag-related polyproteins, and are released and activated during particle release. Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) Gag polyproteins assemble into immature capsids within the cytoplasm of the host cells; however, their processing occurs only after transport to the plasma membrane and subsequent release. Thus,(More)
The matrix protein (MA) of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus (M-PMV) plays a key role in the transport and budding of immature retroviral particles from the host cell. Natural N-terminal myristoylation of MA is essential for the targeting of the particles to the plasma membrane and participates in the interaction of MA with membranes phospholipids. The mutation(More)
The Mason-Pfizer monkey virus is a type D retrovirus, which assembles its immature particles in the cytoplasm prior to their transport to the host cell membrane. The association with the membrane is mediated by the N-terminally myristoylated matrix protein. To reveal the role of particular residues which are involved in the capsid-membrane interaction,(More)
We studied the oligomeric properties of betaretroviral nonmyristoylated matrix protein (MA) and its R55F mutant from the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus in solution by means of chemical crosslinking and NMR spectroscopy. By analyzing crosslinked products and using concentration-dependent NMR chemical shift mapping, we have proven that the wild-type (WT) MA forms(More)