Slow conformational dynamics in the cystoviral RNA-directed RNA polymerase P2: influence of substrate nucleotides and template RNA

Biochemistry. 2011 Mar 22;50(11):1875-84. doi: 10.1021/bi101863g. Epub 2011 Feb 4.


The RNA-directed RNA polymerase P2 from cystovirus ϕ6 catalyzes the de novo synthesis of positive and negative strands of the viral double-stranded RNA genome. P2 is mobile on the slow, microsecond to millisecond time scale with various motional modes, putatively assisting in RNA translocation and catalysis. Here we investigate the influence of the extreme 3'-end sequence of the single-stranded RNA templates and the nature of the substrate nucleotide triphosphates on these motional modes using multiple-quantum NMR spectroscopy. We find that P2, in the presence of templates bearing the proper genomic 3'-ends or the preferred initiation nucleotide, displays unique dynamic signatures that are different from those in the presence of nonphysiological templates or substrates. This suggests that dynamics may play a role in the fidelity of recognition of the correct substrates and template sequences to initiate RNA polymerization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cystoviridae / enzymology*
  • Cystoviridae / metabolism
  • Models, Molecular
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation
  • RNA, Double-Stranded / chemistry*
  • RNA, Double-Stranded / metabolism
  • RNA, Viral / chemistry*
  • RNA, Viral / metabolism*
  • RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase / chemistry*
  • RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase / metabolism
  • Viral Nonstructural Proteins / genetics
  • Viral Nonstructural Proteins / metabolism
  • Virus Replication / genetics


  • RNA, Double-Stranded
  • RNA, Viral
  • Viral Nonstructural Proteins
  • RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase