Membrane topology of the hepatitis C virus NS2 protein.

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Yamaga AK, Ou JH

Membrane topology of the hepatitis C virus NS2 protein.

J Biol Chem. 2002 Sep 6;277(36):33228-34. Epub 2002 Jun 24.

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12082096 [ View in PubMed

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS2 protein is a hydrophobic protein. Previous studies indicate that this protein is an integral membrane protein, which is targeted to the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by the signal sequence located in its preceding p7 protein. In this report, we demonstrate that the membrane association of NS2 is p7-independent and occurs co-translationally. Further deletion-mapping studies suggest the presence of two internal signal sequences in NS2. These two internal signal sequences, which are located within amino acids 839-883 and amino acids 928-960, could target the alpha-globin reporter, a cytosolic protein, to the membrane compartments in HuH7 hepatoma cells. The presence of multiple signal sequences for its membrane association suggests that NS2 has multiple transmembrane domains. The glycosylation studies indicate that both amino and carboxyl termini of NS2 are located in the endoplasmic reticulum lumen. Based on these results, a model for the NS2 membrane topology is presented.

DrugBank Data that Cites this Article

NameUniProt ID
Genome polyproteinP26664Details