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Alteration of the proline at position 7 of the HIV-1 spacer peptide p1 suppresses viral infectivity in a strain dependent manner

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Hill, A Bellamy-McIntyre, L Vella, S Campbell, J Marshall, G Tachedjian, Johnson Mak
The HIV-1 spacer peptide p1 is located in the C-terminus of the Gag polyprotein and separates the nucleocapsid (NC) and p6(Gag). Research centered on p1 has been limited and as yet no function has been ascribed to this spacer peptide. We have previously found that the conserved p1 proline residues (position 7 and 13) are critical for replication in the HIV-1 strain HXB2-BH10. In this study we have focused on the proline rich p1-p6(Gag) C-terminus of HIV-1. We individually examined the role of p1 proline's in multiple strains of HIV-1 and investigated the role of three proline residues in p6(Gag) (P24, P25 and P30). Assessment of the HXB2-BH10 based mutants revealed that Gag-Pol incorporation relative to Gag decreased in the p1 mutant virions, with the double proline mutant the most impaired. Mutating both p1 proline residues was found to abolish infectivity in multiple strains of HIV-1. Independent mutation of the p1 proline at position 7 resulted in a strain-dependent suppression of viral infectivity. This defect correlates with the presence of a tyrosine residue at position 9 of p1 and occurs in the early phase of the HIV-1 replication cycle. The p1 proline residues were found to be functionally distinct from P24, P25 and P30 in p6(Gag). This work affords novel insights into our understanding of the role of p1 in HIV-1 replication.

History

Journal

Current HIV research

Volume

5

Issue

1

Pagination

69 - 78

Publisher

Bentham Science Publishers

Location

Bussum, Netherlands

ISSN

1570-162X

eISSN

1873-4251

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Bentham Science Publishers