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Core protein cleavage by signal peptide peptidase is required for hepatitis C virus-like particle assembly.: HCV core protein cleavage by SPP and viral assembly

Abstract : Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein, expressed with a Semliki Forest virus replicon, self-assembles into HCV-like particles (HCV-LP) at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane, providing an opportunity to study HCV assembly and morphogenesis by electron microscopy. This model was used to investigate whether the processing of the HCV core protein by the signal peptide peptidase (SPP) is required for the HCV-LP assembly. Several mutants were designed as there are conflicting reports concerning the cleavage of mutant proteins by SPP. Production of the only core mutant protein that escaped SPP processing led to the formation of multiple layers of electron-dense ER membrane, with no evidence of HCV-LP assembly. These data shed light on the HCV core residues involved in SPP cleavage and suggest that this cleavage is essential for HCV assembly.
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Malika Ait-Goughoulte, Christophe Hourioux, Romuald Patient, Sylvie Trassard, Denys Brand, et al.. Core protein cleavage by signal peptide peptidase is required for hepatitis C virus-like particle assembly.: HCV core protein cleavage by SPP and viral assembly. Journal of General Virology, Microbiology Society, 2006, 87 (Pt 4), pp.855-60. ⟨10.1099/vir.0.81664-0⟩. ⟨inserm-00128751⟩

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