Hexameric molecular motors: P4 packaging ATPase unravels the mechanism

Genome packaging into an empty capsid is an essential step in the assembly of many complex viruses. In double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) bacteriophages of the Cystoviridae family this step is performed by a hexameric helicase P4 which is one of the simplest packaging motors found in nature. Biochemical and structural studies of P4 proteins have led to a… CONTINUE READING