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In a number of membrane-bound viruses, ion channels are formed by integral membrane proteins. These channel proteins include M2 from influenza A, NB from influenza B, and, possibly, Vpu from HIV-1. M2 is important in facilitating uncoating of the influenza A viral genome and is the target of amantadine, an anti-influenza drug. The biological roles of NB and Vpu are less certain. In all cases, the protein contains a single transmembrane alpha-helix close to its N-terminus. Channels can be formed by homo-oligomerization of these proteins, yielding bundles of transmembrane helices that span the membrane and surround a central ion-permeable pore. Molecular modeling may be used to integrate and interpret available experimental data concerning the structure of such transmembrane pores. This has proved successful for the M2 channel domain, where two independently derived models are in agreement with one another, and with solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data. Simulations based on channel models may yield insights into possible ion conduction and selectivity mechanisms.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/(SICI)1521-1878(199812)20:12<992::AID-BIES5>3.0.CO;2-7

Type

Journal article

Journal

Bioessays

Publication Date

12/1998

Volume

20

Pages

992 - 1000

Keywords

Amino Acid Sequence, Computer Simulation, Ion Channels, Models, Molecular, Molecular Sequence Data, Viral Envelope Proteins