Structural impact on SARS-CoV-2 spike protein by D614G substitution.

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Jun ZhangBing Chen


Substitution for aspartic acid by glycine at position 614 in the spike (S) protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of the ongoing pandemic, appears to facilitate rapid viral spread. The G614 variant has now replaced the D614-carrying virus as the dominant circulating strain. We report here cryo-EM structures of a full-length S trimer carrying G614, which adopts three distinct prefusion conformations differing primarily by the position of one receptor-binding domain (RBD). A loop disordered in the D614 S trimer wedges between domains within a protomer in the G614 spike. This added interaction appears to prevent premature dissociation of the G614 trimer, effectively increasing the number of functional spikes and enhancing infectivity. The loop transition may also modulate structural rearrangements of S protein required for membrane fusion. These findings extend our understanding of viral entry and suggest an improved immunogen for vaccine development.


Apr 16, 2021·The Journal of General Virology·Thomas P PeacockWendy S Barclay

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