Identification of molecular determinants from Moloney leukemia virus 10 homolog (MOV10) protein for virion packaging and anti-HIV-1 activity

Aierken Abudu, Xiaojun Wang, Ying Dang, Tao Zhou, Shi Hua Xiang, Yong Hui Zheng

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Discovery of novel antiretroviral mechanism is essential for the design of innovative antiretroviral therapy. Recently, we and others reported that ectopic expression of Moloney leukemia virus 10 (MOV10) protein strongly inhibits retrovirus replication. MOV10, a putative RNA helicase, can be packaged into HIV-1 virions by binding to the nucleocapsid (NC) region of Gag and inhibit viral replication at a postentry step. Here, we report critical determinants for MOV10 virion packaging and antiviral activity. MOV10 has 1,003 amino acids and seven helicase motifs. We found that MOV10 packaging requires the NC basic linker, and Gag binds to the N-terminal amino acids 261-305 region of MOV10. Our predicted MOV10 three-dimensional structure model indicates that the Gag binding region is located in a structurally exposed domain, which spans amino acids 93-305 and is Cys-His-rich. Simultaneous mutation of residues Cys-188, Cys-195, His-199, His-201, and His-202 in this domain significantly compromised MOV10 anti-HIV-1 activity. Notably, although MOV10-Gag interaction is required, it is not sufficient for MOV10 packaging, which also requires its C-terminal all but one of seven helicase motifs. Moreover, we have mapped the minimal MOV10 antiviral region to amino acids 99-949, indicating that nearly all MOV10 residues are required for its antiviral activity. Mutations of residues Cys-947, Pro-948, and Phe-949 at the C terminus of this region completely disrupted MOV10 anti-HIV-1 activity. Taken together, we have identified two critical MOV10 packaging determinants and eight other critical residues for anti-HIV-1 activity. These results provide a molecular basis for further understanding the MOV10 antiretroviral mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1220-1228
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 6 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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