Molecular basis of Coxsackievirus A10 entry using the two-in-one attachment and uncoating receptor KRM1

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Aug 4;117(31):18711-18718. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2005341117. Epub 2020 Jul 20.


KREMEN1 (KRM1) has been identified as a functional receptor for Coxsackievirus A10 (CV-A10), a causative agent of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD), which poses a great threat to infants globally. However, the underlying mechanisms for the viral entry process are not well understood. Here we determined the atomic structures of different forms of CV-A10 viral particles and its complex with KRM1 in both neutral and acidic conditions. These structures reveal that KRM1 selectively binds to the mature viral particle above the canyon of the viral protein 1 (VP1) subunit and contacts across two adjacent asymmetry units. The key residues for receptor binding are conserved among most KRM1-dependent enteroviruses, suggesting a uniform mechanism for receptor binding. Moreover, the binding of KRM1 induces the release of pocket factor, a process accelerated under acidic conditions. Further biochemical studies confirmed that receptor binding at acidic pH enabled CV-A10 virion uncoating in vitro. Taken together, these findings provide high-resolution snapshots of CV-A10 entry and identify KRM1 as a two-in-one receptor for enterovirus infection.

Keywords: Coxsackievirus A10; KRM1; attachment/uncoating receptor; enterovirus; viral entry.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Capsid Proteins* / chemistry
  • Capsid Proteins* / metabolism
  • Enterovirus A, Human* / chemistry
  • Enterovirus A, Human* / metabolism
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins* / chemistry
  • Membrane Proteins* / metabolism
  • Models, Molecular
  • Virion / chemistry
  • Virion / metabolism
  • Virus Internalization*
  • Virus Uncoating


  • Capsid Proteins
  • KREMEN1 protein, human
  • Membrane Proteins