The glycoprotein from the neurotropic rabies virus shows a significant homology with the alpha neurotoxin that binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. The crystal structure of the alpha neurotoxins suggests that the Arg 37 guanidinium group and the Asp 31 side-chain carboxylate of the erabutoxin have stereochemical features resembling those of acetylcholine. Conformational studies on the Asn194-Ser195-Arg196-Gly197 tetrapeptide, an essential part of the binding site of the rabies virus glycoprotein, indicate that the side chains of Asn and Arg could also mimic the acetylcholine structure. This observation is consistent with the recently proposed mechanism of the viral infection.

Rustici, M., Bracci, L., Lozzi, L., Neri, P., Santucci, A., Soldani, P., et al. (1993). A model of the rabies virus glycoprotein active site. BIOPOLYMERS, 33(6), 961-969 [10.1002/bip.360330612].

A model of the rabies virus glycoprotein active site

BRACCI, LUISA;LOZZI, LUISA;NERI, PAOLO;SANTUCCI, ANNALISA;SOLDANI, PATRIZIA;SPREAFICO, ADRIANO;NICCOLAI, NERI
1993

Abstract

The glycoprotein from the neurotropic rabies virus shows a significant homology with the alpha neurotoxin that binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. The crystal structure of the alpha neurotoxins suggests that the Arg 37 guanidinium group and the Asp 31 side-chain carboxylate of the erabutoxin have stereochemical features resembling those of acetylcholine. Conformational studies on the Asn194-Ser195-Arg196-Gly197 tetrapeptide, an essential part of the binding site of the rabies virus glycoprotein, indicate that the side chains of Asn and Arg could also mimic the acetylcholine structure. This observation is consistent with the recently proposed mechanism of the viral infection.
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