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Globally defining the effects of mutations in a picornavirus capsid

  1. Florian Mattenberger
  2. Victor Latorre
  3. Omer Tirosh
  4. Adi Stern
  5. Ron Geller  Is a corresponding author
  1. Universitat de Valencia, Spain
  2. Tel Aviv University, Israel
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Cite this article as: eLife 2021;10:e64256 doi: 10.7554/eLife.64256

Abstract

The capsids of non-enveloped viruses are highly multimeric and multifunctional protein assemblies that play key roles in viral biology and pathogenesis. Despite their importance, a comprehensive understanding of how mutations affect viral fitness across different structural and functional attributes of the capsid is lacking. To address this limitation, we globally define the effects of mutations across the capsid of a human picornavirus. Using this resource, we identify structural and sequence determinants that accurately predict mutational fitness effects, refine evolutionary analyses, and define the sequence specificity of key capsid encoded motifs. Furthermore, capitalizing on the derived sequence requirements for capsid encoded protease cleavage sites, we implement a bioinformatic approach for identifying novel host proteins targeted by viral proteases. Our findings represent the most comprehensive investigation of mutational fitness effects in a picornavirus capsid to date and illuminate important aspects of viral biology, evolution, and host interactions.

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  1. Florian Mattenberger

    Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Universitat de Valencia, Paterna, Spain
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  2. Victor Latorre

    Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Universitat de Valencia, Paterna, Spain
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  3. Omer Tirosh

    School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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  4. Adi Stern

    School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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  5. Ron Geller

    Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Universitat de Valencia, Paterna, Spain
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Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (BFU2017-86094-R)

  • Ron Geller

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España (RYC-2015-17517)

  • Ron Geller

Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España (BES-2016-076677)

  • Florian Mattenberger

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Jan E Carette, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: October 22, 2020
  2. Accepted: January 11, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 12, 2021 (version 1)

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© 2021, Mattenberger et al.

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