Backbone 1 H, 15 N, and 13 C resonance assignments of the non-structural protein NS2B of Zika virus

Biomol NMR Assign. 2021 Nov 24. doi: 10.1007/s12104-021-10055-2. Online ahead of print.


Zika virus (ZIKV) emerged as a global public health concern due to its relationship with severe neurological disorders. Non-structural (NS) proteins of ZIKV are essential for viral replication, regulatory function, and subversion of host responses. NS2B is a membrane protein responsible for the regulation of viral protease activity. This protein has transmembrane domains critical for the localization of viral protease to the endoplasmic reticulum membrane and a hydrophilic domain essential for folding, recruitment, and protease activity. Therefore, NS2B is considered a cofactor of viral protease which processes viral polyprotein and is essential for virus replication, making it an attractive antiviral drug target. Here, we report the backbone 1H, 15N, 13C resonance assignments of the full-length NS2B by high-resolution NMR. The backbone assignment will be necessary for determining the three-dimensional structure and backbone dynamics of NS2B, interaction mapping and screening potential of antiviral drugs against ZIKV and related pathogenic flaviviruses.

Keywords: Assignment; Membrane protein; NMR; NS2B; Viral replication; Zika virus.