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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl ; 60(21): 11884-11891, 2021 05 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1384108

ABSTRACT

2D NOESY plays a central role in structural NMR spectroscopy. We have recently discussed methods that rely on solvent-driven exchanges to enhance NOE correlations between exchangeable and non-exchangeable protons in nucleic acids. Such methods, however, fail when trying to establish connectivities within pools of labile protons. This study introduces an alternative that also enhances NOEs between such labile sites, based on encoding a priori selected peaks by selective saturations. The resulting selective magnetization transfer (SMT) experiment proves particularly useful for enhancing the imino-imino cross-peaks in RNAs, which is a first step in the NMR resolution of these structures. The origins of these enhancements are discussed, and their potential is demonstrated on RNA fragments derived from the genome of SARS-CoV-2, recorded with better sensitivity and an order of magnitude faster than conventional 2D counterparts.


Subject(s)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular/methods , Protons , RNA, Viral/analysis , SARS-CoV-2/chemistry , Magnetic Phenomena , RNA, Viral/chemistry
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J Biol Chem ; 297(3): 101018, 2021 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1380706

ABSTRACT

The coronaviral nonstructural protein 9 (Nsp9) is essential for viral replication; it is the primary substrate of Nsp12's pseudokinase domain within the viral replication transcription complex, an association that also recruits other components during different stages of RNA reproduction. In the unmodified state, Nsp9 forms an obligate homodimer via an essential GxxxG protein-interaction motif, but its ssRNA-binding mechanism remains unknown. Using structural biological techniques, here we show that a base-mimicking compound identified from a small molecule fragment screen engages Nsp9 via a tetrameric Pi-Pi stacking interaction that induces the formation of a parallel trimer-of-dimers. This oligomerization mechanism allows an interchange of "latching" N-termini, the charges of which contribute to a series of electropositive channels that suggests a potential interface for viral RNA. The identified pyrrolo-pyrimidine compound may also serve as a potential starting point for the development of compounds seeking to probe Nsp9's role within SARS-CoV-2 replication.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/virology , Pyrimidine Nucleotides/metabolism , RNA-Binding Proteins/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Viral Proteins/metabolism , Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular/methods , Protein Binding , RNA/metabolism , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Virus Replication
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Biochem Biophys Res Commun ; 563: 92-97, 2021 07 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1248814

ABSTRACT

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has the characteristic accessory protein ORF8. Although clinical reports indicate that ORF8 variant strains (Δ382 and L84S variants) are less likely to cause severe illness, functional differences between wild-type and variant ORF8 are unknown. Furthermore, the physicochemical properties of the ORF8 protein have not been analyzed. In this study, the physicochemical properties of the wild-type ORF8 and its L84S variant were analyzed and compared. Using the tobacco BY-2 cell production system, which has been successfully used to produce the wild-type ORF8 protein with a single conformation, was used to successfully produce the ORF8 L84S variant protein at the same level as wild-type ORF8. The produced proteins were purified, and their temperature and pH dependencies were examined using nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. Our data suggested that the wild-type and L84S variant ORF8 structures are highly stable over a wide temperature range. Both proteins displayed an aggregated conformation at higher temperature that reverted when the temperature was decreased to room temperature. Moreover, ORF8 precipitated at acidic pH and this precipitation was reversed when the solution pH was shifted to neutral. Interestingly, the L84S variant exhibited greater solubility than wild-type ORF8 under acidic conditions. Thus, the finding indicated that conformational stability and reversibility of ORF8 are key properties related to function in oppressive environments.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/virology , SARS-CoV-2/chemistry , Viral Proteins/chemistry , COVID-19/metabolism , COVID-19/pathology , Humans , Molecular Conformation , Mutation , Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular/methods , Recombinant Proteins/chemistry , Recombinant Proteins/genetics , Recombinant Proteins/isolation & purification , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Structure-Activity Relationship , Viral Proteins/genetics , Viral Proteins/metabolism
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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl ; 60(21): 11884-11891, 2021 05 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1121482

ABSTRACT

2D NOESY plays a central role in structural NMR spectroscopy. We have recently discussed methods that rely on solvent-driven exchanges to enhance NOE correlations between exchangeable and non-exchangeable protons in nucleic acids. Such methods, however, fail when trying to establish connectivities within pools of labile protons. This study introduces an alternative that also enhances NOEs between such labile sites, based on encoding a priori selected peaks by selective saturations. The resulting selective magnetization transfer (SMT) experiment proves particularly useful for enhancing the imino-imino cross-peaks in RNAs, which is a first step in the NMR resolution of these structures. The origins of these enhancements are discussed, and their potential is demonstrated on RNA fragments derived from the genome of SARS-CoV-2, recorded with better sensitivity and an order of magnitude faster than conventional 2D counterparts.


Subject(s)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular/methods , Protons , RNA, Viral/analysis , SARS-CoV-2/chemistry , Magnetic Phenomena , RNA, Viral/chemistry
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Anal Chem ; 93(8): 3976-3986, 2021 03 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1082638

ABSTRACT

We have applied nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy based plasma phenotyping to reveal diagnostic molecular signatures of SARS-CoV-2 infection via combined diffusional and relaxation editing (DIRE). We compared plasma from healthy age-matched controls (n = 26) with SARS-CoV-2 negative non-hospitalized respiratory patients and hospitalized respiratory patients (n = 23 and 11 respectively) with SARS-CoV-2 rRT-PCR positive respiratory patients (n = 17, with longitudinal sampling time-points). DIRE data were modelled using principal component analysis and orthogonal projections to latent structures discriminant analysis (O-PLS-DA), with statistical cross-validation indices indicating excellent model generalization for the classification of SARS-CoV-2 positivity for all comparator groups (area under the receiver operator characteristic curve = 1). DIRE spectra show biomarker signal combinations conferred by differential concentrations of metabolites with selected molecular mobility properties. These comprise the following: (a) composite N-acetyl signals from α-1-acid glycoprotein and other glycoproteins (designated GlycA and GlycB) that were elevated in SARS-CoV-2 positive patients [p = 2.52 × 10-10 (GlycA) and 1.25 × 10-9 (GlycB) vs controls], (b) two diagnostic supramolecular phospholipid composite signals that were identified (SPC-A and SPC-B) from the -+N-(CH3)3 choline headgroups of lysophosphatidylcholines carried on plasma glycoproteins and from phospholipids in high-density lipoprotein subfractions (SPC-A) together with a phospholipid component of low-density lipoprotein (SPC-B). The integrals of the summed SPC signals (SPCtotal) were reduced in SARS-CoV-2 positive patients relative to both controls (p = 1.40 × 10-7) and SARS-CoV-2 negative patients (p = 4.52 × 10-8) but were not significantly different between controls and SARS-CoV-2 negative patients. The identity of the SPC signal components was determined using one and two dimensional diffusional, relaxation, and statistical spectroscopic experiments. The SPCtotal/GlycA ratios were also significantly different for control versus SARS-CoV-2 positive patients (p = 1.23 × 10-10) and for SARS-CoV-2 negatives versus positives (p = 1.60 × 10-9). Thus, plasma SPCtotal and SPCtotal/GlycA are proposed as sensitive molecular markers for SARS-CoV-2 positivity that could effectively augment current COVID-19 diagnostics and may have value in functional assessment of the disease recovery process in patients with long-term symptoms.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/diagnosis , Orosomucoid/analysis , Phospholipids/blood , Aged , Biomarkers/blood , COVID-19/blood , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Multivariate Analysis , Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular/methods , Orosomucoid/chemistry , Phospholipids/chemistry , Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy/methods , Proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy/statistics & numerical data , ROC Curve , SARS-CoV-2
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