Differential roles of two conserved glycine residues in the fusion peptide of Semliki Forest virus.

Abstract

Semliki Forest Virus (SFV) is an enveloped alphavirus that infects cells by a low-pH-dependent membrane fusion reaction. SFV fusion is catalyzed by the spike protein E1 subunit, which contains a putative fusion peptide between residues 79 and 97. Prior mutagenesis studies demonstrated that an E1 G91D mutation blocks both virus-membrane fusion and the… (More)

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