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Comparative Study
, 98 (6), 825-33

Viral Evolution Revealed by Bacteriophage PRD1 and Human Adenovirus Coat Protein Structures

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Comparative Study

Viral Evolution Revealed by Bacteriophage PRD1 and Human Adenovirus Coat Protein Structures

S D Benson et al. Cell.

Abstract

The unusual bacteriophage PRD1 features a membrane beneath its icosahedral protein coat. The crystal structure of the major coat protein, P3, at 1.85 A resolution reveals a molecule with three interlocking subunits, each with two eight-stranded viral jelly rolls normal to the viral capsid, and putative membrane-interacting regions. Surprisingly, the P3 molecule closely resembles hexon, the equivalent protein in human adenovirus. Both viruses also have similar overall architecture, with identical capsid lattices and attachment proteins at their vertices. Although these two dsDNA viruses infect hosts from very different kingdoms, their striking similarities, from major coat protein through capsid architecture, strongly suggest their evolutionary relationship.

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