Peptide mimics of the vesicular stomatitis virus G-protein transmembrane segment drive membrane fusion in vitro.

The efficiency of cell-cell fusion mediated by heterologously expressed vesicular stomatitis virus G-protein has previously been shown to be affected by mutating its transmembrane segment. Here, we show that a synthetic peptide modeled after this transmembrane segment drives liposome-liposome fusion. Addition of millimolar Ca(2+) concentrations strongly… (More)